- After the rape allegations became known, the first sponsors of Cristiano Ronaldo are now also reacting.
- By the Portuguese federation and its association Juventus Turin it is defended however.
The rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo have now arrived at the sponsors of the footballer. "We are deeply concerned about the disturbing allegations and will continue to monitor the situation closely," said a Nike spokesman for French news agency AFP. In 2016, Ronaldo had signed a lifetime million contract with the US sporting goods giant, since 2003 both sides work together.
Game developer EA Sports, in which Ronaldo was twice the cover face of the "Fifa" series, commented even more clearly in a statement. "We read the worrying reports detailing the allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo, and we're watching the situation precisely because we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to behave in ways that are consistent with EA's values."
American Kathryn Mayorga accuses Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009, with police announcing new investigations against the Portuguese. Ronaldo vehemently denies Mayorgas rape allegation. On Wednesday, the 33-year-old tweeted: "I explicitly reject the allegations against my person, because rape is a heinous crime that is against everything I am and what I believe in."
Ronaldo is missing in the squad for the Nations League
Ronaldo receives support from his new club. Juventus sent the following message via Twitter: "Cristiano Ronaldo has demonstrated his great professionalism and dedication in recent months, which is appreciated by all at Juventus, and the events that supposedly happened ten years ago do not change that opinion shared by all who came in contact with this great champion. "
Ronaldo will not play in the Nations League's upcoming international league games (October 11 / November 20), as national coach Fernando Santos announced on Thursday. The decision was made after a conversation with the player, whether the charges are responsible, was not known. Santos used the opportunity to defend his protégé at the press conference. Ronaldo would never commit such a crime. In a note to national news agency Lusa, Federation leader Fernando Gomes also stated his "solidarity" with Ronaldo: "I give faith to his word because I have known him for many years and can testify to his righteousness."