Spanish FA boss' mother goes on hunger strike, locks herself in a church in support of son after kissing scandal

Luis Rubilales (R) kisses Jennifer Hermoso (L). Ageles Bejar (circled) has gone on hunger strike in support of her son.

FOOTBALL Spanish FA boss' mother goes on hunger strike, locks herself in a church in support of son after kissing scandal

Mark Kinyanjui 14:58 - 28.08.2023

Rubilales' mother has gone on a hunger strike to stop the "inhumane" treatment of her son.

Angeles Bejar, the beleaguered Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales’ mother, has locked herself inside a church and gone on a hunger strike in support of her son.

The former hairdresser demanded an end to the 'inhumane witch-hunt' after Rubilales kissed Spain player Jenni Hermoso on the lips following their Women's World Cup triumph.

Rubiales refused to stand down as president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation but has been provisionally suspended by world football's governing body, FIFA.

Footage also emerged that showed Rubiales grabbing his crotch while standing near Queen Letizia of Spain and her 16-year-old daughter Princess Infanta Sofia - behavior he apologised for.

Bejar has locked herself in the Divina Pastora church in Motril, east of Malaga in southern Spain, and started an 'indefinite, day and night' hunger strike until 'justice is served.'

Bejar demanded that Hermoso 'tell the truth' after the player insisted the kiss was not consensual, in contrast to Rubiales' account.

As reported by Marca, she asked 'why are they being so cruel to him' and 'what is behind the story' since 'he is incapable of harming anyone.'

Rubiales grew up in Motril, in the Andalucia region, and visited there for a holiday over the weekend. Angeles' husband is the resort's former mayor. 

It comes as the Spanish Federation holds another urgent meeting over Rubiales' future in his post.

Rubiales' cousin Vanesa Ruiz Bejar, speaking on behalf of her family, revealed the details of Bejar’s actions outside the church, describing the probe into Rubilales as a 'campaign of harassment'.

“There's a campaign of harassment occurring that is very unfair. Luis' mum who is a very religious person has sought refuge in God and started a hunger strike.

“She doesn't want to come out of the church. We are all suffering a lot because of what's happened to Luis which doesn't seem at all fair to us.

“He's been condemned already without being tried. It's not normal. We won't to be left alone. The facts speak for them, there are videos, there are audio recordings.”

In a direct message to Hermoso, she also asked Hermoso to “say the truth”.

“Why has she changed her version three times? We have suffered a lot, we have had to leave our homes because of the harassment we're suffering.

“We won't to be left alone and see justice done and we want this woman to tell the truth. Jenni, 'tell the truth!

She went on to say Angeles Bejar, Luis' mum, was in a very distressed state, adding: 'She's an elderly lady whose health is very delicate and she's suffering a lot.

“'She's crying all time and is not able to sleep and is not eating. The person that spends five minutes with Luis knows he's a really good person with a big heart. He's a very noble person.”

Asked when Angeles' hunger strike would continue to, she insisted that it would go on until Jenni Hermoso “speaks the truth”.

“Until that woman speaks and tells the truth. I'm not saying who's the baddie and who's the goodie here, but I just want Jenni to tell the truth.”

In a stunning press conference on Friday, Rubiales refused to stand down as head of the Spanish FA as he lashed out at 'false feminism' for a 'social murder' of his reputation.

Hermoso has been threatened with legal action by the Spanish Federation after she said she did not consent to the kiss and disputed Rubiales' version of events.

Rubiales claimed that Hermoso 'lifted me up' during the celebrations and agreed to 'a little kiss'. 'The kiss was the same I could give one of my daughters,' Rubiales added.

He was provisionally suspended by FIFA 'from all football-related activities at national and international level' with disciplinary proceedings opened against the 46-year-old.

81 Spanish players - including all 23 who went to the Women's World Cup - have announced they will not represent their country until Rubiales is removed from his position.