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Three Real Madrid youth players arrested over sexual video with minor | Football News


Spanish police arrested three young Real Madrid players on Thursday for allegedly distributing a sex video featuring a minor, adding to the furore over sexism and macho behavior in Spanish soccer.

General view of Real Madrid’s Alfredo DiStefano stadium inside training grounds (REUTERS)

The players, who are not minors, were released after a court decision and after the data on their mobile phones was seized, the police said in a statement.

The case stems from a complaint filed by the mother of a 16-year-old girl in the Canary Islands regarding the alleged recording of sexual intercourse, police said. They also said that although the girl claimed the relationship was consensual, the recording was made in June without her consent and that she only recently became aware of it.

The arrests come amid allegations of sexual abuse against former soccer confederation chief Luis Rubiales, who kissed Spain’s World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso on the lips last month, unleashing a wave of outrage similar to the Me Too movement.

Rubiales resigned from office on Sunday after weeks of calls for him to refuse to step down, and is scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday. He says the kiss was mutual and consensual.

Police said all three were detained at Real Madrid’s sports complex in Madrid and a fourth player was being investigated. One of those arrested is a reserve team player and two play for the third team.

Real Madrid issued a statement saying that a total of four youth team players had been questioned by police “in relation to a complaint about the alleged release of a private video via the WhatsApp messaging system”.

According to the newspaper El Confidencial, the main subject of the probe is a player of the third team, who allegedly recorded his sexual relationship with the 16-year-old victim.

The three are suspected of having committed a felony known in Spanish criminal law as “revealing secrets of a sexual nature”, a police spokesman said.

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