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Colombian footballer Pino falls foul of Saudi religious police

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 10, 2011 in Sports
Riyadh - Colombian football player Juan Pablo Pino has learnt the importance of adhering to Saudi Arabia's strict dress code, following an encounter with the religious police.
Colombian football player Juan Pablo Pino who currently plays for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr Club, has fallen foul of the Saudi religious police. The Columbian winger has come to the attention of the Commission for the Protection of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in two separate incidents.
The Commission has warned all foreign players to cover their tattoos. It sent a letter to the Higher Youth Committee citing Pino as an example of a tattooed player who breaks the existing rules of ensuring tattoos are covered up, which could be difficult in Pino’s case as his hands are tattooed.
Emirates 247 quote from the letter: “These tattoos have negative effects on the Saudi youth…you are asked to draw the attention of all foreign players in the Kingdom to the need to abide by the rules and cover their tattoos during matches.” Pino’s tattoos are of particularly risk to the Saudi youth as they apparently include some “Christian drawings.”
After being rebuked for his body art Pino was then detained at a shopping mall by the religious police as he was indecently dressed. The footballer was apprehended wearing a sleeveless shirt. According to another report in Emirates 247 he was seized by members of the Commission for the Protection of Virtue and Prevention of Vice whilst shopping at a mall in Riyadh with his pregnant wife.
He was later handed over to officials from Al-Nassr Club but his wife was so perturbed by the incident she is demanding that they leave the Kingdom.
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