Piers Morgan: 'Luis Rubiales has kissed goodbye to his job, should his kiss goodbye to his liberty too?'

By TalkTV's Piers Morgan

It's the kiss that became a crisis. The infamous World Cup clinch between Spain's football Chief Louis Rubiales and Jenni Hermoso, the star player and captain of the Spanish team, has divided opinion across the globe.

To his critics, Rubiales is a potent symbol of sexism, of toxic masculinity, a man of authority, humiliating a woman in scenes evocative of the power plays they face every day.

To his supporters, though, he's a man who's losing everything, over a single moment of overexuberance, celebrating winning the World Cup. And he is now carrying the can for bigger issues which are far beyond his control. That's what his supporters say,

Tomorrow, you can make your own minds up, you can watch the full world exclusive interview right here on TalkTV, on Piers Morgan Uncensored at 8pm. But 24 hours before it, we're already making headlines across the planet.

And this is why, despite facing a wave of attacks on colleagues, celebrities, even his own Prime Minister, Rubiales steadfastly refused to quit and insisted he wasn't going to. And then during my interview, to my surprise, he said this.

Well, most people around the world have only seen a short clip of that kiss and there has been a rush to judgement, which in my opinion is understandable.

It looks bad. He shouldn't have done it, as we've discovered and as everybody will discover tomorrow, it's a complicated issue.

Hermoso says the kiss was not consensual. But that wasn't what she said in the immediate aftermath. She's now filed a criminal complaint for sexual assault. Is that what that was?

There's no denying it, the rhetoric has changed. There was a video on the team bus afterwards where she's clearly laughing about it. They all are, they start chanting beso beso, which is Spanish for kiss, kiss, kiss.

And then Prezi Prezi, which is the President Rubiales, who then appears rather sheepishly and he talks about all this in my interview tomorrow.

There's no sign is there, with that video, that they all believe a terrible assault has happened, that's going to become a global scandal that will cost Rubiales his job.

That's not to mean that they may not have reflected in the morning when they saw the attention. It was overriding all that they'd achieved - maybe they did then think actually, this was wrong, and we've been violated.

I get that. And I can understand that could be the case. Tomorrow's interview goes into all of this. Rubiales is honest, is raw, he's passionate. And he's definitive about some of these key questions.

And he doesn't leave anything in the locker, to use a football term. It might change some people's minds about him. It did mine.

What's clear is that Rubiales has kissed goodbye to his reputation, he's kissed goodbye to what should have been the crowning moment of his career. This is the greatest moment in Spanish football history. The men's team never won the World Cup.

He's now kissed goodbye to his job, but should he kiss goodbye to his liberty too? Is it right that Rubiales is now facing potential criminal prosecution for that kiss?

That is a debate that I can tell you from all the conversations I've had with people in the last few days - a lot of people have strong feelings either way.

Well, tomorrow night right here Rubiales on Uncensored is a fascinating gripping watch you won't want to miss.

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