The Iranian Embassy in Madrid has denied reports that Cristiano Ronaldo was sentenced to 99 lashes in Iran for ‘adultery’.
Ronaldo travelled to Iran with Al-Nassr back in September when they faced Persepolis in the group stage of the Asian Champions League.
During the visit, the Portuguese superstar met Iranian painter painter Fatima Hamimi, a disabled artist who gifted him some paintings.
Hamimi, who is reportedly 85 per cent paralysed, was thrilled to meet Ronaldo, with the 38-year-old greeting her by giving her a hug and kissing her on the cheek.
Reports in Spain claimed the picture of the pair meeting angered Iranian lawyers, who subsequently reported him for committing adultery.
In Iranian law, touching a woman who isn’t your wife is the equivalent to adultery.
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Sharq Emroz, a TV station in the country, said the Iranian justice system had already sentenced the football icon to 99 lashes the next time he travels to the country.
However, the Iranian Embassy in Madrid has now released a statement to rubbish the reports.
“We strongly deny the issuance of any sentence against any international athlete in Iran,” a statement read.
“It is of concern that the publication of such ill founded news could cast a shadow over crimes against humanity and war crimes against the oppressed Palestinian nation.
“It should be noted that Cristiano Ronaldo traveled to Iran on September 18 and 19 to play in an official soccer match and was very well received by the people and the authorities.
“His sincere and humane meeting with Fatemeh Hamami was also praised and admired by both the people and the country’s sports authorities.”
Ronaldo is not due to travel to Iran given that Al-Nassr have already faced Persepolis away in the Asian Champions League.