Cristiano Ronaldo faces calls to be deported from Saudi Arabia after he grabbed his crotch
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Calls are growing for Cristiano Ronaldo to be deported from Saudi Arabia after he grabbed his crotch during a match.
The football superstar had a little grab of his little Ronaldos in front of fans during Tuesday night's Al Nassr game against Al Hilal.
Ronaldo played the entire match, which ended up being a 2-0 defeat, with Al Hilal ultimately triumphing.
As the 38-year-old was leaving the field, he appeared to grab his crotch in front of the spectators, who began chanting the name of Lionel Messi at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.
Ronaldo's X-rated gesture in public is considered illegal in Saudi Arabia, according to talkSport.
After the video began making the rounds on social media, lawyer Nouf bin Ahmed pushed to have him deported.
He added he had filed a complaint with the Saudi Prosecutor’s Office after accusing Ronaldo of committing 'a crime of public indecency'.
"It is considered a crime of public dishonour, and it is one of the crimes that entails arrest and deportation if committed by a foreigner," Ahmed said via Twitter.
Ronaldo was also criticized by Saudi reporter Ozman Abu Bakr, who called the five-time Ballon d'Or award winner's action 'an immoral and rude gesture against the spectators' and demanded his contract be terminated'.
However, Spanish outlet Marca reported that Ronaldo may have grabbed his crown jewels after receiving a 'blow to his genitals' during the match.
But this isn't the first time the former Manchester United player has made headlines for breaking the law in the Middle Eastern country.
After the football player relocated to Saudi Arabia after signing with Al Nassr, it was reported that the superstar would be living with his partner Georgina Rodriguez, despite the country’s law forbidding unmarried couples from cohabitating.
According to Spanish international news agency EFE, the local authorities had ‘turned a blind eye’ to the couple living together.
An anonymous lawyer told EFE: “Although the laws of the kingdom still prohibit cohabitation without a marriage contract, the authorities have recently started to turn a blind eye and no longer prosecute anyone.
“Although these laws are used when there is a problem or a crime.”
Another lawyer added: “Nowadays Saudi authorities no longer interfere in this matter – for expatriates – even though the law prohibits cohabitation without marriage.”