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Protests renewed against Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia

ROME (AP) Amnesty International and the journalists union for Italian state TV RAI have written a joint letter to the presidents of Juventus and Lazio asking the clubs not to the play the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia because of the country's human rights record.

The letter sent Tuesday states that "despite a big media campaign put forth by the Saudi government to validate a country working on reforms, the human rights situation remains extremely worrisome. While the ban on women driving was abolished and the institute of the `male guardian' for which every personal and public choice regarding women was reformed, the activists who promoted those campaigns are languishing in prison."

Amnesty and the RAI union also protested over last season's Super Cup, which was played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.