Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Sponsors threaten to dump Ronaldo over rape allegations

FIFA 19 Cover Star Under Fire Following Serious Allegation, EA EA removes Cristiano Ronaldo from FIFA 19 social media channels as it monitors rape allegations
Ivan Hill | 06 October, 2018, 12:44

Juventus released two tweets in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo's rape case which they said: "Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus".

"Juventus go for goal".

However, Ronaldo was mysteriously absent from the pictures as almost $100 million has been wiped off the club's share value following the allegations that the Portuguese captain raped a model in a Las Vegas hotel suite in 2009.

We contacted EA for comment on the allegations, and asked whether the allegations would impact Ronaldo's appearance as a cover star in either Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 or future titles in the series.

One of the wealthiest and most gifted footballers of all time, Ronaldo wears Nike boots and appears in its advertising. At midday on Friday they were worth 1.25 euro a share.

We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. "Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!" read the caption beside the video.

Meanwhile, his club is standing firmly behind him despite the allegations.

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Ronaldo's sponsors Nike and Electronic Arts have expressed serious concern about the accusations, however, and are monitoring the Las Vegas police investigation.

The accusation is also deeply worrying for the Agnelli family, who own both Juventus and Jeep's parent firm Fiat Chrysler.

Ronaldo has said his conscience was clear and that he would await the results of any investigation.

Portugal said Thursday Ronaldo will play no part in the country's next four internationals, but he was given backing from Portugal coach Fernando Santos and the president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), Fernando Gomes. An EA spokesperson said on Thursday it was also closely monitoring the situation.

Another sponsor spoke out on Friday: DAZN, the internet sports streaming platform which signed Ronaldo as a global ambassador in August.

Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

A week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing Ronaldo of rape in 2009, attempts by the five-time world player of the year and his Italian club to sway public opinion in his favor have not succeeded since the allegation surfaced.

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