President of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, 45, on Monday tendered apology for kissing star player, Jenni Hermoso, on the lips after Spain won the Women’s World Cup.
Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the lips after she collected her medal, provoking an immediate global reaction.
He said, “Certainly I made a mistake and I have to acknowledge that,” Rubiales said in a video posted on social media by Spanish television.
“It was done without any ill intention in a moment of the highest exuberance. Here we saw it as natural and normal but outside it has caused a commotion.
“I have no choice but to apologise and to learn from this… and when representing the federation take more care,” he added.
Earlier, while speaking with Spanish public radio, Spain’s acting sports minister, Miquel Iceta on Monday had demanded that Rubiales apologise, AFP reported.
Iceta said, “I think it is unacceptable to kiss a player on the lips to congratulate her.
“The first thing he has to do is to give explanations and make apologies, it is the logical and reasonable thing to do.
The minister added that while the 1-0 victory over England on Sunday in Sydney was “a moment of intense emotions”, public officials “have to be extremely careful because we are giving a message to society and the message is equal rights, it is respect”.