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Jennifer Hermoso is making her comeback. © APA/afp / SAEED KHAN

After the kiss affair: Hermoso returns to the national team

World champion Jennifer Hermoso returns to the Spanish national team after the kissing scandal involving former association president Luis Rubiales.

The new coach Montse Tomé called up the 33-year-old striker for the Nations League games on October 27th against Italy and on October 31st against Switzerland. This emerges from the squad published by the Spanish association on Wednesday. Hermoso was not taken into account for the first two Nations League games, for her “own protection,” as the association announced at the time.

Rubiales kissed the player Hermoso on the mouth at the award ceremony after Spain won the World Cup final against England (1-0) in Sydney on August 20th. He asserts that the kiss was consensual. After the incident, Hermoso said she “felt like the victim of an impulsive, sexist and inappropriate act that I did not consent to.” A state investigation has been ongoing against Rubiales for over a month.

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