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Juventus shares drop after Ronaldo rape allegation

06 October 2018, 08:47 | Myron Mathis

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EA is one of two Ronaldo sponsors to make a public statement about the case.

Kathryn Mayorga accused Ronaldo of attacking her in June 2009 and came forward with her allegation this week.

It now appears that gaming giant EA Sports, who produce the Federation Internationale de Football Association games, have removed Ronaldo from online promotional images for the game.

Despite Ronaldo, 33, entering the twilight of his career, the Italian club's owners did not think twice about putting pen to paper on the mega-deal to bring one of the world's most marketable athletes to Turin. They fell by 10 percent alone on Friday in the aftermath of sponsors voicing concerns about Ronaldo's alleged conduct.

USA sportswear giant Nike says it is "deeply concerned" by rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo and shares in Italian champions Juventus fell over five percent on the Italian stock exchange on Friday.

The club's social media accounts have been criticised for tweets they posted on Thursday.

But ever since Cristiano Ronaldo's rape case came into light, there have been few who have come out to support the superstar and a lot of them have either been family or close friends.

Ronaldo has vehemently denied the accusations.

United, meanwhile, have made a decision to use Ronaldo's potential return to the club to sell tickets for their Champions League tie with Juve.

Juventus have backed Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of a summons being issued for the five-time Ballon d'Or victor over an alleged rape.

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

"I see him calm in training", he said.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in", the former Real Madrid and Manchester United player said.

"I will not reveal the details of the conversation we three had", said Santos when pressed by reporters on his discussion with Ronaldo and Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said Ronaldo was "doing well" despite the allegation against him.

Gomes also spoke up for Ronaldo.

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

Ronaldo is pictured with Kathryn Mayorga in Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas in 2009.

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