TEHRAN — Cristiano Ronaldo, globally celebrated footballer, finds himself in an unexpected controversy during a recent visit to Iran with his club, Al-Nassr.
During the team’s trip in September, where they competed against Persepolis in the group stage of the Asian Champions League, Ronaldo had an amiable interaction with a local Iranian painter, Fatima Hamimi.
The meeting, intended as a gesture of goodwill, involved Hamimi presenting Ronaldo with a specially crafted painting. In gratitude, Ronaldo gave her a hug and a brief peck on the cheek.
According to Iranian Legal Standards, touching a woman who isn’t one’s spouse can be equated to adultery.
While many global observers see this as a benign act of appreciation, local Iranian laws perceive it differently. Touching a woman who isn’t one’s wife can be equated to adultery in certain interpretations of Iranian regulations.
They indicate that the footballer could be sentenced to 99 lashes if he returns to Iran and is convicted under the said laws.
Ronaldo, who currently resides in Saudi Arabia with his spouse, Georgina Rodriguez, and plays for Al-Nassr, has had a monumental influence in the world of football.
His club, Al-Nassr, remains in contention in the Asian Champions League. With future fixtures and the possibility of returning to Iran for subsequent stages of the competition, concerns arise regarding Ronaldo’s participation and potential implications for the team.
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