A report that Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (Alnasr) has opened his luxury hotel for victims of the earthquake in Morocco has been confirmed as fake news.
“Ronaldo’s hotel Pestana CR7 Marrakech, 안전카지노사이트 on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, is serving as a shelter after the earthquake in Morocco,” Spanish sports publication Marca reported on Tuesday. It added that Ronaldo, who owns hotels in several European and Arab countries, is a four-star luxury hotel with an outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, and 174 rooms.
However, on November 11, the hotel chain told Israeli media outlet Ynetnews.com that “we received many requests to accommodate people because the hotel was not affected by the earthquake,” adding that “the number of people coming to the hotel has increased since the earthquake, but it is not accurate to say that the hotel is (voluntarily) accommodating displaced people.” The hotel’s operations manager also said that “the displaced people are staying at the hotel. “It is possible that they are outside the hotel, or that some of them are sitting in the lobby,” the hotel’s operations manager said, adding that the hotel has not been sheltered.
The 6.8-magnitude quake struck 71 kilometers southwest of Marrakech in central Morocco on September 9, and the death toll to date is estimated to be at least 2,000.
Meanwhile, players on the Moroccan national soccer team, which reached the quarterfinals of last year’s World Cup in Qatar, have donated blood to help the victims of the earthquake. In particular, Lee Kang-in’s (Paris Saint-Germain) teammate and Moroccan national team defender Ashraf Hakimi posted a photo of himself donating blood on social media, along with the caption, “Donating blood is a way to save as many lives as possible. We need everyone’s help.”
Morocco was initially scheduled to play Liberia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sept. 9, but the match was postponed indefinitely following the quake. The Agadir stadium is about 260 kilometers from the epicenter, so any aftershocks are likely to be limited, but the decision was made in light of the emotional toll on the Moroccan people and the national team.