The mother of shamed Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales has locked herself inside a church and gone on hunger strike in support of her son.
Angeles Bejar demanded an end to the ‘inhumane witch-hunt’ after he kissed Spain player Jenni Hermoso on the lips following their Women’s World Cup triumph.
Rubiales refused to stand down as president of the Spanish football federation but has been provisionally suspended by world football’s governing body FIFA.
Bejar, a former hairdresser, 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, who is in the church alongside her sister, demanded that Hermoso ‘tell the truth’ after the player insisted the kiss wasn’t consensual, in contrast to Rubiales’ account.
She asked ‘why are they being so cruel to him’ and ‘what is behind the story’ since ‘he is incapable of harming anyone.’
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Inside the Divina Pastora church in Motril where the mother of shamed Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales has gone on hunger strike over his ‘inhumane’ treatment
Rubiales refused to resign despite outrage after he kissed Spanish player Jenni Hermoso
Angeles Bejar has locked herself in the church in the southern Spanish town of Motril
The Spanish Football Federation president Rubiales refused to resign amid outrage after he kissed Spain player Jenni Hermoso