Luis Rubiales’ mother Angeles Bejar been rushed to hospital after suffering a ‘panic attack’, ‘abandoning’ the third day of her hunger strike over the ‘kissgate’ scandal.
The parish priest at the church in Motril, southern Spain, where she was staging the protest confirmed the news, saying she had been rushed to hospital ‘as a matter of urgency’.
Earlier this evening, Father Antonio told waiting media that Bejar would speak at 6.15pm local time. It was not until 20 minutes after she was due to speak that he came out to give the dramatic update.
‘Angeles has been taken as matter of urgency to the Sant Ana hospital after suffering a health crisis, a panic attack,’ he revealed.
‘The discomfort was due to high temperatures and other factors. She had swelling in her feet and obvious signs of fatigue. In addition, she was remarkably nervous.’
The mother of the embattled football federation president announced she would abstain from eating earlier this week due to what she described as the ‘inhuman’ treatment of her son.
Luis Rubiales’ mother Angeles Bejar has revealed he begged her to stop her hunger strike
The parish priest at the church in Motril, southern Spain, where she was staging the protest confirmed the news
Rubiales (right) has been banned by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for an initial 90 days following his conduct after the Women’s World Cup final, which saw him kiss Hermoso on the lips
Supporters of Bejar have gathered outside the church with flowers and placards urging the devoted mother to stay strong
A lone supporter of Angeles was pictured outside the church where she has been staging her hunger strike this morning
Wednesday was the third day of her hunger strike and her admission to hospital came just 24 hours after she had defiantly said she would remain inside the 17th century church ‘until she dropped’.
It is now uncertain whether she will continue with her strike, with Father Antonio adding: ‘She won’t be coming back here even when she has recovered.’
‘She left about 6.15pm via a back door of the church.
‘She still wasn’t eating and was just drinking water and isotonic drinks but my understanding is she’ll have to break her hunger strike now.
‘I don’t know if she is being accompanied by relatives now and how she got to hospital because I didn’t see an ambulance.
‘But Luis Rubiales spoke to her before she went and between various relatives they decided Angeles should go to hospital.
‘She’s an elderly lady. Her feet were already swollen but things got worse this afternoon and she became very nervous. She won’t be coming back here even if she gets better.’
Supporters of Bejar have gathered outside the church with flowers and placards urging the devoted mother to stay strong.
Her son has faced a wave of backlash from around the world after he kissed Spanish player Jenni Hermoso following Spain’s World Cup victory.
But the under-fire Spanish football chief has fought back, today sending FIFA a copy of newly released footage showing the women’s football team celebrating and joking about his infamous kiss.
Hermoso appears to show off a meme on her phone comparing being kissed by Rubiales with former Spanish international Iker Casillas locking lips with reporter Sara Carbonero
The clip was uploaded on to X, formerly Twitter, by journalist Alvise Perez and in it Jenni Hermoso can be seen laughing at a meme of her being kissed by Rubiales.
He has since been given a 90-day ban by FIFA and Spain are looking to kick him out of his role, but he has defiantly refused to quit.
Hermoso has refuted Rubiales’ claims the kiss was consensual, sparking his mother’s shock decision to go on hunger strike.
Bejar said yesterday she was prepared to die to seek justice for her son, as she urged Hermoso to ‘tell the truth’ about the kiss that is set to seal the end of her son’s career.
Speaking from the inside of the church last night as she referred to the player, she said: ‘I just want the truth to be told.
‘She knows my son is very honest. If she tells the truth everything will be fixed.’
Referring to the World Cup kiss that has led to the so-called ‘Kissgate’ scandal, she added: ‘It was an anecdote, as she herself said, and look how far it’s gone.
‘She should have a conscience and act according to it.
‘My son is very worried and has asked me not to continue, to stop, but I will be here until I drop and my body can continue.’