TYLDESLEY star Ella Toone showed her support for Jenni Hermoso following the controversial kiss by the Spanish football president after the World Cup final.

After Spain's 1-0 over England in the Women's World Cup final, president Luis Rubiales kissed Hermoso on the lips without her consent as she came to receive her winner's medal.

The action has caused widespread controversy as Rubiales has refused to resign.

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With many condemning Mr Rubiales' actions, each of England's Lionesses shared a statement on social media to show their support for Hermoso.

The statement, which was shared by Ella Toone, read: "Unacceptable actions allowed to happen by a sexist and patriarchal organisation. Abuse is abuse and we have all seen the truth.

"The behaviour of those who think they are invincible must not be tolerated and people shouldn't need convincing to take action against any form of harassment.

"We all stand with [Jenni Hermoso] and all players of the Spanish team."

Speaking further about the issue on BBC Breakfast, Manchester United midfielder Ella said that the statement was put out after the squad wanted to show their support and solidarity to Hermoso and the Spanish players.

Ella said: "It's not the best, Spain were unbelievable throughout the tournament and won the World Cup, and that should be the main talking point, and yet it's overshadowed by something that happened after the game which isn't acceptable, and the Lionesses all stand behind Jenni Hermoso.

"For us, we want the right thing to be done, we don't want things like this to be happening in women's sport and unfortunately it is, and it's talking points that we shouldn't be talking about.

"We should be talking about the success of the World Cup and how we inspired the nation and the next generation, and yet it's overshadowed by something that shouldn't be happening."