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Restraining order imposed on Spain former football boss Rubiales after testifying in sex assault probe

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An investigating judge at Spain’s High Court has imposed a restraining order to prevent former football chief Luis Rubiales approaching national team player Jenni Hermoso, after he appeared in court to be investigated for sexual assault for kissing her on the lips.

The incident, which occurred at the medal ceremony after Spain’s women’s team won the World Cup in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 20, has triggered a furore over sexism in Spanish sport and society and prompted protests similar to the “Me Too” movement.

Investigating judge Francisco de Jorge was asked to bar him from approaching within 500m (1,600ft) of Jenni Hermoso or from communicating with her.

He later agreed to the order but placed restrictions at 200m (650ft), adding that Rubiales should not contact the player during the investigation.

A further request that he should appear before the judge every 15 days was rejected.

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