Cristiano Ronaldo: Nike ‘deeply concerned’ by sexual assault allegations but Juventus back ‘great champion’

Nike says it is 'deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations' facing Ronaldo

Luke Brown
Thursday 04 October 2018 21:18
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Nike has said that it is “deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations” facing Cristiano Ronaldo, although Juventus have issued a statement defending their player.

The emailed statement from the media department for the American sportswear firm follows the filing of a lawsuit in Las Vegas by a woman who alleges that she was raped by Ronaldo in 2009.

Ronaldo has denied the claims.

In the email, Nike says “we are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

Cristiano Ronaldo denies the allegations

Nike has had a contract with Ronaldo, one of the wealthiest and most famous players in the world, since 2003.

Nike’s response follows a similar statement made by EA Sports, who also sponsor the player.

An EA spokesperson told the Independent “We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA's values.”

Juventus have however backed Ronaldo, who was left out of Portugal’s squad for their forthcoming international matches.

The club said: “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.”

Juventus have defended their player (Reuters)

Save the Children has also expressed its concern at the recent allegations made against Ronaldo, becoming the first of the Juventus star's partners to comment on the ongoing case.

A spokesperson for the charity told The Independent: “We are disheartened by the news report we’ve seen in the last 24 hours and are working to get more information.”

Ronaldo has represented the charity since 2016. According to the organisation’s website, “Ronaldo lends his voice and visibility to spotlight issues facing child refugees and all vulnerable children around the globe.”

The Independent has contacted a number of Ronaldo’s commercial partners in light of the accusation of rape made against the Juventus and Portugal player.

Additional reporting by Associated Press.

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