10 Nov, 2013 @ 18:30
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Spanish football friendly slammed by human rights activists

President Teodoro Obiang
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

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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