‘Boycott tennis, football in bloody Saudi Arabia’

This 25 October 2018 video from England says about itself:

Demonstrators gather outside Saudi embassy to protest Yemen bombings and Khashoggi killing

Dozens of people gathered outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy in London on Thursday evening to protest against the gulf state’s war in Yemen and the killing in Turkey of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Amnesty calls on Djokovic and Nadal to avoid Saudi Arabia

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey has also put Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a difficult situation. The best two tennis players in the world at present would play a demonstration match in the Saudi city Jeddah on 22 December, but the pressure on both tennis players to abandon that lucrative performance increases as the political tension around
the Khashoggi case increases. …

Already a year ago, Nadal and Djokovic signed a contract stating that they will play a lucrative demonstration contest in Jeddah on 22 December. The match is financed by the Saudi government.

Amnesty International, among others, has now called on both tennis players to refrain from playing there, since this would give a wrong signal. By playing tennis in Jeddah, Nadal and Djokovic, according to Amnesty International, give credibility and approval to a controversial regime. …

Incidentally, Amnesty International not only appeals to the tennis players. Eg, the Italian football clubs Juventus and AC Milan received a letter from the human rights organization asking them not to play the Super Coppa match in Saudi Arabia. That match – between the national champion and cup winner of Italy – is scheduled for January 2019.

Pro wrestling stars John Cena and Daniel Bryan have reportedly pulled out of an event in Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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