Soccer player detained over Jesus tattoo
A Colombian soccer player was detained in Saudi Arabia for walking through a mall wearing a sleeveless shirt that revealed his religious tattoos, including one of Jesus, according to news website Colombia Reports.
Juan Pablo Pino, 24, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Al Nasr soccer club, was taken into custody in Riyadh on Friday after mall customers complained about the tattoos.
Pino was visiting the mall with his pregnant wife, the Catholic News Agency reported.
Nayimi Sheik Mohammed, a Saudi cleric, told Colombia Reports that the country respects Shariah law and that tattoos must be covered at all times.
Pino later apologized for his actions and was released from custody after a team delegate discussed the matter with police.