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Ronaldo to start amid rape allegation

09 October, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Ronaldo ready to play for Juve amid rape allegation

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target as Juventus maintained their 100 per cent start in Serie A with a 2-0 win at Udinese.

"Stronger than the mud", headlined Turin daily Tuttosport, a traditional backer of Juventus, above a photograph of Ronaldo dining with the team, and a bigger picture of the star smiling.

Meanwhile, two leading sponsors of the 33-year-old are "monitoring the situation" as shares in Juventus - which have risen more than 100% in the last six months, owing largely to the record signing of Ronaldo in July - fell almost 10% on Friday after the club issued a statement of support for the player. "I know Cristiano Ronaldo very well and I fully believe his word when he says he would never commit a crime like this".

But a full-page advert showing Ronaldo wearing only underpants appeared in Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Saturday.

Ronaldo returned after his suspension for the Champions League game in midweek to score in his first game since police in Las Vegas announced this week they were reopening a rape case from 2009 following a woman's complaint.

"We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation", a Nike spokesman said.

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Nana had dismissed the allegations while a journalist and an assistant director on the film corroborated Tanushree's account. Dutta's claims sparked a number of allegations against men in India's media and entertainment industry.

Others backed the Serie A champions, however, saying they were merely following the line of "innocent until proven guilty" and carrying out their "duty of care" as Ronaldo's employer.

Goals from Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo were enough to see the Bianconeri leave Stadio Friuli with all three points.

After initially dismissing the rape claims as "fake news" on Instagram, Ronaldo took to social media during the week to "firmly deny" the accusations.

Ronaldo's Italian club Juventus sent a statement of support and called him a "great champion", but his sponsors Nike and video game maker EA Sports have expressed concern about the allegation. Ronaldo has denied the accusation. On Friday, they closed down 9.92% at €1.19 on the Milan stock exchange.

However, the Italian club's reaction to the issue has angered some fans as "dismissive" and "insensitive". "If he had stayed at Real Madrid nobody would have said a thing", said Juventus supporter Stefano Pianeta outside the stadium, referring to Ronaldo's recent transfer from Madrid.

Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 (Sh20 million) in penalties and damages.

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