Spanish football friendly slammed by human rights activists

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Spanish football friendly slammed by human rights activists

SPANISH footballers have been condemned by activists in Equatorial Guinea after the accepted an invitation from a regime accused of torturing opponents.

The national team are due to play Equatorial Guinea in a friendly on November 16.

A total 55 members of the team will travel to the former Spanish colony, which is in central Africa.

They will stay in a five-star luxury resort during their trip.

The country is led by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Africa’s longest serving leader, who came to power following a coup in 1979.

Critics accuse his regime of arbitrary arrest and torture of political opponents, as well as of plundering the country’s oil wealth.

A human rights group has hit out at the plans, comparing the match to a hypothetical one between England and the Zimbabwean national team while Robert Mugabe is in power.

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