Nike 'deeply concerned' by 'disturbing' rape allegations made against Cristiano Ronaldo

06 October, 2018, 15:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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U.S. sportswear giant Nike says it is "deeply concerned" by rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo and shares in Italian champions Juventus fell over five percent on the Italian stock exchange on Friday.

Ronaldo denied all accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga, who Spiegel Online report to have been silenced by the footballer when he allegedly raped her after in Las Vegas nearly ten years ago.

The accusation is also deeply worrying for the Agnelli family, who own both Juventus and Jeep's parent firm Fiat Chrysler.

Ronaldo, one of the biggest names in world football with marketing endorsements worth hundreds of millions of euro, is facing an allegation of rape in the United States dating to 2009.

The five-time World Player of the Year, who was seen driving into the Juventus practice complex in the morning, received public backing from the Italian club, which said it would not judge him on the 2009 assault claim by a Nevada woman.

"They have to tread carefully so that they are not pre-judging him before an investigation reaches its conclusion", said Simon Leaf, a sports and commercial lawyer at London-based Mischon de Reya. On Thursday Nike said it was "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" against the football star. Ronaldo is the highest-rated player in the game when it comes to base stats, and can also be acquired as a particularly rare "Ones to Watch" card within the game's Ultimate Team mode.

Sponsors Nike and video game maker EA Sports have expressed concern about the allegations facing Ronaldo.

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"Tomorrow I could go with a front three of Mandzukic, Dybala and Ronaldo, or one of them could be rested", Allegri said.

Police in Las Vegas have said they have reopened their investigation into the alleged assault.

Ronaldo is flanked by his girlfriend Georgina, left, and his son Cristiano Jr, as he sits in the stands during Juventus' Champions League game. "Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!" read the caption beside the video.

While he's been left out of the Portugal national football squad for their upcoming global fixtures, he's been publicly backed by Juventus, to whom he transferred over the summer.

He wrote on Wednesday: "Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense".

He is in contention for Saturday's visit to Udinese after missing Tuesday's Champions League game against Young Boys through suspension.

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