Gay rights group defends Ronaldo against abuse
The Spanish Observatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender phobia has filed a report to the State Commission against Violence in Sport in Spain over the abuse the Portuguese suffered before El Clasico at the weekend at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona supporters directed the chant “maricon” in Ronaldo’s direction—a “Portuguese term [that] is a derogatory word of Latino origin that describes a gay man.”
According to Downes Jr., director of the LGBT Observatory Francisco Ramirez said the State Commission against Violence in Sport can impose sanctions “on federations, clubs and supporters found guilty of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance.”
Per the Sun‘s , there has been speculation regarding the Los Blancos star’s private life, with the media in Spain reporting he frequently travels to Morocco to spend time with friend Badr Hari, while journalist Daniel Riolo alleged on French sports chat show Touche pas a mon sport the pair “cuddle.”
Given his stature and cocksure demeanour, Ronaldo often attracts jeers from opposition fans but has repeatedly stated the criticism simply drives him on to play better rather than crumble under the pressure.
Bleacher Report UK also shared some of the abuse the forward received during El Clasico after he bagged the decisive goal in the 2-1 victory for Real: