The Iranian Embassy in Madrid denies claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has been sentenced to 99 lashes for adultery.
Last month, the Nasr star was in Iran with the Saudi team for an AFC Champions League match against Persepolis when he met Iranian painter Fatemeh Hamami, who has already 85% paralyzed and a big fan of his.
Ronaldo received a painting of himself from the artist and hugged her as they posed for photos.
according to world sports newsSome lawyers in Iran have filed criminal charges over hugging, where touching a woman who is not one’s wife is considered adultery. According to reports, the judicial system acted quickly and sentenced the 38-year-old man to 99 lashes.
However, the Madrid embassy has dismissed such rumors, noting that his meeting with the artist was supported by Iranian officials.
“We strongly deny any verdict against any international athlete in Iran,” a statement said.
“It is worrying that the publication of such baseless news may cast a shadow on crimes against humanity and war crimes against the oppressed Palestinian nation.
“It is worth noting that Cristiano Ronaldo traveled to Iran to participate in official football matches on September 18 and 19 and was warmly welcomed by the people and authorities.
“His sincere and humane meeting with Fatemeh Hami was also praised and admired by the people and the country’s sports authorities.”