FC Barcelona and Real Madrid Fans Clash Over Tweets

Rabat – When the Champions League’s official twitter account wished  Barcelona’s star, Lionel Messi, a happy birthday as he turned 30 on Saturday, Real Madrid fans, especially those of Cristiano Ronaldo, reacted badly.The European league’s first tweet included a question mark implying debate as to whether  Messi was ” the greatest”. Messi’s fans replied that there was no need for a question mark.Happy 30th birthday Lionel Messi!?????The greatest? pic.twitter.com/25hZnXscEf— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 24, 2017Messi is the greatest to ever play the beautiful game no questions should be asked. His career speaks for itself.— Manny Wiz Flores (@Mannywizfresh) June 24, 2017Ronaldo’s fans ,however, reacted differently to the matter, with some followers commenting  sarcastically, saying the Champions League account had spelt Ronaldo’s name wrong. you spelled ronaldo wrong— ?+*? (@macdaddytee) June 24, 2017The European league’s official account later posted another tweet, but this time asking whether  Messi was  “the greatest of all times”, inciting the war between fans of the two footballers.? 3?0? ?Messi in the #UCL:? 115?? 94? 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15Greatest of all time ??#HappyBirthdayMessi #L30Messi pic.twitter.com/U3LylHgBhe— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 24, 2017Messi and Ronaldo have both praised each other during interviews with Ronaldo telling  FOX Sports that he likes to watch all of the good players, including Messi.Leo told sports outlet, ESPN, that Ronaldo is “a phenomenal player with a lot of quality, who outdoes himself each year.” He added that rivalry is reinforced by the press, not by them. read more

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UN rights chief to request details on trials of Cuban journalists activists

In a press statement issued in Geneva, Mr. Vieira de Mello voiced “disquiet” regarding the wave of recent arrests, in which at least 24 Cuban journalists and as many as 78 human rights activists have been jailed on charges of treason. Reports that several of the subsequent closed trials lasted barely a week but resulted in lengthy prison terms were particularly troubling, he said.Calling for transparency, the High Commissioner stressed, “There are questions about the fairness of such expedited proceedings, which have been closed to the public and observers.” He added that Cuba must ensure that the accused benefit from due process, including the right to an adequate defence.Mr. Vieira de Mello also recalled that he had raised the issue of the arrests last month during a meeting with Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and in subsequent discussions with Cuban authorities.In a related development, the Cuban Government has informed the High Commissioner that it was about to respond to an earlier appeal addressed to it by Louis Joinet, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. read more

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