Portugal, Juventus Back Ronaldo Over Rape Allegation

By Godwin Aikigbe

The Portuguese FA and Juventus have expressed total solidarity with Cristiano Ronaldo  over rape allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a 34-year-old former teacher in the US, who claimed to have been assaulted by Juve’s forward in Las Vegas in 2009.

“In my name and in the name of the Portuguese FA, I express my total solidarity with Cristiano Ronaldo in a moment when his good name and reputation are being called into question. I believe in his word, not only because I agree that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but because I’ve known Ronaldo for many years and I’m a witness of his good character,” Portuguese FA President, Fernando Gomes tell Portuguese newspaper Record.

Juventus on Thursday took the time to defend their €110 million summer signing, in a statement that read:

“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus.

“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”

Cristiano asked to left out of Portugal’s squad after rape allegations surfaced and will miss the matches against Poland and Scotland as he looks to clear his name.

The player himself has denied the allegations aimed at him. “I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”