#MeToo victim: Spanish journalist forcibly kissed by an aggressive fan during a live broadcast at the World Cup in Moscow

#MeToo victim: Spanish journalist forcibly kissed by an aggressive fan during a live broadcast at the World Cup in Moscow


A Spanish journalist was kissed during a live broadcast in Moscow in the latest episode of harassment towards female reporters at the World Cup.

Maria Gomez was reporting from Moscow before Spain’s match against Russia on Sunday when she had an unwanted approach from a fan.

She shared the clip with her 40,000 followers on Twitter to highlight the ongoing problem, saying the harassment was not a joke.

The fan was the latest in a series of aggressive men to bother female reporters while they tried to cover the tournament.

In the clip Gomez is speaking to the camera with fans milling around behind her before Spain’s shock elimination against Russia on Sunday.

The man runs up to her, grabs her and kisses her on the cheek, leaving her to say: ‘Come on? Seriously?’ as he runs away.

Gomez wrote on Twitter: ‘I wanted to leave this issue behind a bit but I have decided to publish the video so that those who say that we exaggerate and that this is just jokes explain to me where the joke is here, please.

‘I cannot see the humor and it still does not seem normal to me. Regards.’

She also scolded a fan who referred to her as ‘pretty’ when he asked for her name, saying she was ‘Maria, the journalist’.

2010 champions Spain went out of the tournament in the last 16 as hosts Russia beat them on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Sochi.


Earlier in the tournament Julia Guimarães, a reporter with TV Globo and SporTV in Brazil, brilliantly lectured a fan who made a similarly unwanted intrusion.

The camera captured the moment a man approached her and tried to kiss her cheek – which she quickly dodged.

But the reporter then scolded the fan, who she described as Russian, and he retreated quickly with a meek apology.


Ms. Guimarães said: ‘I don’t allow you to do that, never. OK? This is not polite. This is not right. Never do this. Never do this to a woman, OK? Respect.’

Fellow reporter Malin Wahlberg had to fend off a Sweden fan who draped his arms around her back and kissed her during a broadcast in Nizhny Novgorod.

Despite having her hair ruffled and the distraction of fans bouncing in the background the Swedish journalist carried on professionally with the broadcast.


And Colombian journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran was groped and kissed by a Russian fan in Saransk in what the fan has claimed was a failed attempt to touch her shoulder.

The Colombian reporter was working for German news channel Deutschw Welle in the city of Saransk when the man came into shot, grabbed her breast and kissed her on the cheek.

The man claimed he had a bet with friends that he could kiss a reporter live on air and meant to put his hand on her shoulder but instead touched her breast by mistake.

He told the German broadcaster he had not picked on Ms. Gonzales Theran for her age or gender but because she ‘happened to be nearby’.


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