Nike 'deeply concerned' amid Ronaldo rape accusations

Juventus support Ronaldo as Nike ‘deeply concerned’ by rape allegations

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In the other hand, EA Sports, who employed Ronaldo's face in marketing their Federation Internationale de Football Association gaming franchise, are equally following Nike's footprints.

Another of Ronaldo's sponsors, EA Sports, said: "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".

Amid some serious allegations against Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, Massimiliano Allegri has praised the character of his player.

In a tweet, Juventus said: "Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus".

The sportswear company has had a contract with Ronaldo, one of the wealthiest and most famous footballers in the world, since 2003.

This means the former Real Madrid superstar will miss the UEFA Nations League match vs Poland on the 11th of October and also a friendly vs Scotland.

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Juventus have faced a backlash for issuing their support for "great champion" Cristiano Ronaldo amid rape allegations against the Portugal star - as sponsors including Nike expressed "deep concern" over the claims.

Ronaldo, 33, earlier "firmly" denied assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

This week Las Vegas police reopened an investigation into alleged sexual assault from the same year as Ms Mayorga's allegation, but they have not named either the victim or any suspects. Raape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.

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

"My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations", he added on his Twitter feed, which has 75 million followers. "We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo", an EA rep told Eurogamer. Mayorga has filed a lawsuit against the football player aiming to void a non-disclosure agreement from the time, as her lawyers believe she was coerced into signing it in exchange for $375,000.

The Juventus coach was speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's clash with Udinese and confirmed that the Portuguese is ready to play a part at the Dacia Arena.

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