you are sitting in the plane, the thumb upwards stretched. At least the footballers of Italy's record Champions Juventus, including the German Sami Khedira and Emre Can, smile vorfreudig about your destination. Also, your opponent from AC Milan happy with sheikhs in the Selfie mode. On Wednesday, the two Italian Serie A Clubs will play in Saudi Arabia to the super bowl. Megastar Cristiano Ronaldo to extra gloss. But the match in Jeddah is overshadowed for weeks of harsh criticism.
Saudi Arabia transferred for the discharge of the Supercup of seven million euros to the football League, explained to Amnesty International Italy. Two other Supercup Finals in Saudi Arabia are to follow. Earning a total of 21 million Euro, according to Amnesty. "Before such an offer, the League closes a blind eye to the violations of human rights in the country." As current examples, the called the human rights organization of the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, or the bombings in Yemen, which will be directed by a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition.
call for a Boycott
The consumer protection Association Codacons called on the Italian channel Rai to broadcast the game. Politicians in Italy indignant. Exceptionally, the rights of hard-liners was even Minister of the interior Matteo Salvini on the side of Amnesty. He is not going to watch the game, told Milan Fan Salvini. "A game with veils and burqas, I can't stand it."
the President of The Italian Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò, by way of contrast, a "victory of hypocrisy". Saudi Arabia had submitted the best offer. In addition, Italy will do everything to see the national team at the next world Cup in Qatar - a country that have more restrictive laws than Saudi Arabia.
Controversial game places are nothing new for the Supercoppa. So it took place already twice, in Qatar's capital, Doha, and Tripoli in Libya, and in Beijing or Shanghai.
so Now Saudi Arabia. In the context of the great social and economic reform "Vision 2030" invested in the Kingdom is massively in the Expansion of the entertainment industry and is trying to get international music and sports stars in the country. A controversial exhibition match between tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic not took place shortly before Christmas, only because of an injury to Nadal's. After a friendly game against Argentina Brazil's Star Neymar celebrated in October with a Saudi Official in the cameras.
"You told us to play there and then we go there"
The formula E recently celebrated its season opener in Riyadh, at the concerts of Enrique Iglesias and the Black Eyed Pea women and men who are otherwise separated in the public space, often according to "families" and "Singles" were allowed to celebrate together.
some of the football games, women were allowed to in the past year, for the first time to sit in the stadium. Also at Juve against Milan women are not allowed to be there - even alone, as a spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Rome, Italian media said. "Let's take the positive aspect to see," said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri. "You told us to play there and then we're going there."More about
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the pressure is not only from human rights activists. Because there is more to it. A few days ago, the Qatari media company, Bein Sports, expressed in a letter to the Italian League chief his displeasure about the Supercup and asked him, indirectly, to dispense the harvest in the Kingdom. The Qataris accuse the suspected Saudi Arabia-based pirate radio station BeoutQ to steal your content and to show international games without owning the rights to it. It comes in the dispute over million. And to policy. To the Sport it is not.