Spain’s Putellas, Rodriguez, Paredes appear before judge in Rubiales probe

Spain's Putellas, Rodriguez, Paredes appear before judge in Rubiales probe

MADRID (AP) — Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas and two of her teammates in Spain’s women’s national team appeared before a judge Monday as witnesses in the investigation of former soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for his kiss on a player.

Putellas, Irene Paredes and Misa Rodríguez all answered questions from the judge in Madrid. Rodriguez appeared in court in the Spanish capital, while Putellas and Paredes testified through video conference from Barcelona.

Spanish state prosecutors have accused Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion for kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent during the awards ceremony after the Women’s World Cup final in August.

A couple of federation officials and former national team coach Jorge Vilda, who was replaced not long after winning the World Cup in Australia, have been summoned as investigated parties. They are set to appear before the judge next week. Vilda was among those accused of allegedly trying to convince Hermoso to back

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