Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Ronaldo Removed From FIFA Social Media Following Rape Allegation

Ronaldo Removed From FIFA Social Media Following Rape Allegation

Allegri said Ronaldo "is in the squad and ready to play" on Saturday when the winners of the past seven Serie A titles visit Udinese.

Leonardo Spinazzola, Sami Khedira and Daniele Rugani are all sidelined, meaning Juve are expected to adopt a 4-3-3 formation. It's also worth mentioning that the Portugal national team did not list Ronaldo on its roster for games later this month when it revealed its roster Thursday.

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.

Promotional images of Cristiano Ronaldo have been taken down by EA as it monitors recent rape allegations against the Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 cover star.

Las Vegas police confirmed on Tuesday they had initially investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.

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

Ronaldo's marketing value, before the rape scandal hit the headlines, was further enhanced by his huge social media presence with 74.5 million fans on Twitter and 134 million Instagram followers.

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Emails have been sent out to supporters this week - the latest coming on Friday at 2pm - saying: 'A limited number of tickets to see Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford are on sale now.

The show of support came shortly after Nike broke its silence in a statement to The Associated Press (AP) that described the company's unease over its association with Ronaldo, which started in 2003. But in the week when the controversy around Ronaldo mounted, the club's shares have dropped 20 percent on the Italian Stock Exchange.

"We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation", Nike said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday.

"My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations".

"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 knew he wouldn't be called up by Portugal, " Allegri said.

Her lawyers are seeking to void an apparent 2010 non-disclosure agreement she reportedly signed as part of an out-of-court $375,000 (£288,000) financial settlement with the player.

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