Presented to journalists a few days ago, Cristiano Ronaldo was happy to join Al-Nassr, a club located in Saudi Arabia. But this transfer has been denounced by several organisations, which promote the defense of human rights. According to several activists, the Portuguese player participates in the demonization of the Saudi government, guilty of torture.
Aged 37, Cristiano Ronaldo will finally end his career at Al-Nassr. The Saudi club has put the means to recruit the Portuguese international. Through this transfer, the Saudi leaders are trying to develop their football championship, but also to send a positive image to the rest of the world. Presented to the press a few days ago, Ronaldo had held a generous speech with regard to the Saudis and participated in the work of political leaders: ” The Saudis have been exceptional with my relatives. For this is a great opportunity, not just for football, but to change the mindset of future generations “.
Ronaldo is arrested after his transfer
Statements, which angered activists like Lina Al-Hathloul. ” Cristiano Ronaldo may think he has nothing to do with politics, but that’s part of the PR machine. He must use his voice for a just cause: to call for the release of prisoners and an end to gender inequality and executions” confided the member of the organization ALQST for Human Rights.
“My sister was tortured”
In an interview with the Mirror, she told her personal story. ” My sister was tortured, they had tools to shock her, they whipped her, beat her, sexually harassed her, deprived her of sleep. She was later sentenced to five years eight months. All to campaign for something that everyone in the West takes for granted she blurted out. A few days ago, Amnesty International had also arrested Ronaldo.
Amnesty International denounces the behavior of Ronaldo
“ Instead of uncritically praising Saudi Arabia, (Cristiano) Ronaldo should use his status to draw attention to human rights issues there. Ronaldo, during his official presentation by the Riyadh club on Tuesday, said he wanted “to participate in the success of the country and its culture”. People are routinely executed in Saudi Arabia for crimes such as murder, rape and drug trafficking. In a single day last year, 81 people were executed, many after show trials “had published the NGO. The choice of Ronaldo continues to be debated.