‘Iran could sentence Cristiano Ronaldo to 99 lashes for adultery’

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be facing a punishment of “99 lashes for adultery” after he hugged and kissed a woman on the cheek in Iran.

Reports in Iranian media have claimed that a number of lawyers have filed a complaint against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner following his interaction with Iranian painter Fatima Hamimi.

Ronaldo was in Iran for Al Nassr’s Asian Champions League group stage game against Persepolis back in September.

Hamini, who is partially paralysed, had made a painting of Ronaldo and presented the 38-year-old with it.

Reports added he then kissed Hamimi on the cheek before giving her a signed shirt and putting his arm around the painter while they had a photo together.

In ​​Iranian law, touching a single woman is equivalent to adultery, with the punishment set at “99 lashes”.

Marca have reported that the Iranian justice system would have to punish Ronaldo the next time he is in Iran, but they add that a judge also has the power to dismiss any charges that may come his way.

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