Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal squad amid rape allegations

Irene MckinneyOct 05, 2018

It took the mainstream media in Britain a couple of days to pick up the allegation of rape against Cristiano Ronaldo and the 32-page civil case filed against him in Clark County District Court, Nevada, last Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, shown here at this year's World Cup, won't be playing for Portugal in the immediate future.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Portugal squad for their upcoming global matches after an investigation into rape allegations against the 33-year-old was reopened this week.

Kathyn Mayorga claims Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009, and EA is calling the accusation concerning.

Following the civil complaint filed on behalf of Kathryn Mayorga with the district attorney's office in the US state of Nevada on September 27, police in Las Vegas have also now opened an investigation into the American woman's allegations that the Portuguese player raped her in June 2009.

Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) have since confirmed that they are reopening the case but Juve, who signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid in the summer for £100m ($128m), have vowed to stand by their player via statements posted on social media.

Ronaldo on Wednesday denied Mayorga's allegation.

According to TMZ Sports, Cristiano won't be suiting up for Portugal's game against Poland on October 11, or their October 14th matchup against Scotland.

Ronaldo tweeted to strongly deny the claims, saying: "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in".

Ms. Mayorga's lawyers are weighing whether to release the original police report and the 2010 non-disclosure agreement between Ronaldo and Ms. Mayorga, which they say promised Ms. Mayorga $375,000 for her silence.

Mayorga was not at the conference and her lawyers claimed the alleged assault had caused her severe mental and emotional damage. She told the German news magazine Der Spiegel that he invited her to his hotel room and forced her to have anal sex with him.

Whereas other players might be winding down their careers at 33, Ronaldo is still in demand by leading clubs around the world.

The US sportswear giant - which has a contract worth a reported $1bn (£768m) with Ronaldo - said it would "continue to closely monitor the situation", the Associated Press reports.

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