Another female journalist has been sexually harassed while attempting to do a live report at the 2018 World Cup, growing the list to at least five already this tournament.
Maria Gomez, a Spanish reporter for Mediaset, was reporting live in Moscow, Russia, when a fan ran up to her and aggressively kissed her cheek. Gomez grimaced as the unknown man ran off.
She tweeted the video clip to her 40,000 followers, saying, “I decided to post the video for those who say we exaggerate and this is just jokes explain to me where the joke is here, please. It’s just that I don’t see the funny thing and it’s still not normal.”
Moscú. Hoy mismo.
Quería aparcar un poco este tema, pero he decidido publicar el vídeo para que esos que dicen que exageramos y que esto son sólo bromas me expliquen dónde está aquí el chiste, por favor. Es que yo no le veo la gracia y sigue sin parecerme normal. Un saludo. pic.twitter.com/lzNkXgDxYG
— María Gómez (@maria__gomez) June 30, 2018
Gomez is not the first female reporter to have received unwanted signs of affections while doing her job.
Malin Wahlberg, a television reporter for Swedish outlet Sportbladet, was attempting to report back to her home country on their upcoming match with South Korea when another unidentifiable man grabbed her and kissed her on air.
As she kept composure, more male Swedish fans put their arms around Wahlberg and patted her head in an apparent attempt to mess up her hair.
This event came just days after Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez Theran had her breast groped as a man kissed her cheek and cheered.
The incident can be seen here (00:13).
Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.pic.twitter.com/O0S1a1F4Es
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 20, 2018
Gonzalez Theran was reporting for the Spanish language division of the German channel Deutsche Welle when she was interrupted by this man in Moscow.
While she appears to act like it didn’t happen, continuing on with her segment, Gonzalez Theran later addressed the event on Twitter, saying, “The violent act of a fan is sad.” She added that what is “worse is sometimes the reaction of many and many who do not see it as harassment.” (RELATED: Harvey Weinstein Slapped With More Sex Crime Charges)
Gonzalez Theran also tweeted her solidarity with Julia Guimarães, a Brazilian reporter for TV Globo and SporTV.
Guimarães was reporting on June 24 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, when a man ran up to her and attempted to kiss her cheek. She dodged his mouth and yelled back, “Don’t do this! Never do this again, O.K.?”
Not all heroes wear capes.
— dwnews (@dwnews) June 27, 2018
The man in the video can be heard saying “I’m sorry” as he runs off, and Guimarães continues to say, “Never do this to a woman. Respect.”
Two-thirds of female Brazilian journalists say they have been sexually harassed on the job, according to Sports Illustrated.
Unfortunately, the 2018 World Cup list of sexual harassment on live television doesn’t stop here.
FRANCE 24 Sports Editor Kethevane Gorjestani had to push a fan off of her who was talking over her report of the Russia vs. Uruguay match before kissing her neck on June 25.
Gorjestani tweeted the video saying, “Sadly this (and worse) happens to us female sports reporters regularly, especially when covering football [soccer]. By all means sing, dance and celebrate your team but don’t kiss me, don’t grope me and let me do my job.”
Monday in St Peterburg. Sadly this (and worse) happens to us female sports reporters regularly, especially when covering football. By all means sing, dance and celebrate your team but don’t kiss me, don’t grope me and let me do my job #letherwork #deixaelatrabalhar pic.twitter.com/FDFbsXRMk5
— Kethevane Gorjestani (@ketgorjestani) June 27, 2018
The man who grabbed Gonzalez Theran came out with an apology, saying he was delivering on a bet he made with a friend that he could kiss the reporter on live television. His name was not published.
“I acted carelessly and did not think that I would cause you confusion and shock,” he said in a video posted on Deutsche Welle’s website. “I know that your job is very hard and I hope that you will never face another such incident in your career.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the five reporters, but did not hear back in time for publication.
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