The mother of Spanish football boss Luis Rubiales, suspended for forcibly kissing a player during Spain’s World Cup triumph, was taken to hospital Wednesday, the third day of her hunger strike.
Angeles Bejar began her hunger strike at the Divina Pastora church located in the coastal town of Motril. However, on the third day of her protest, she was taken to the hospital by emergency services after being evacuated from the church, parish priest Antonio Rodriguez told reporters.
“I have to tell you she had a crisis and had to be rushed to hospital. She is no longer here,” said the priest, adding that Angeles Bejar was “tired, with many (health) problems, not just the emotional stress,” he said.
Rubiales’ mother had promised to stay locked up in the church until Jenni Hermoso, the player who was kissed on the mouth by her son, “tells the truth” about what happened, a family member explained.
“This harassment is not fair. His mother, who is very religious, found refuge with God. She has started a hunger strike and does not want to leave the church,” her niece Vanessa Ruiz Bejar said on Monday.
When contacted by AFP, Motril Hospital would not confirm that she had been admitted as a patient.
Rubiales, 46, grew up in Motril and his father was the resort town’s former mayor.
FIFA suspended him on Saturday after he forcefully kissed Hermoso on the mouth after Spain won the Women’s World Cup in Australia on August 20, sparking an outcry.