Nike 'Deeply Concerned' About Rape Allegations Against Ronaldo

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But the footballer "firmly" denies the allegation and has dismissed the article as "fake news".

Ronaldo, who is facing a rape allegation in the United States, could play when Juventus faces Udinese in the Italian league, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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". After having a break from the Champions League, he is extremely ready to return, as he demonstrated in training'.

In an email to The Associated Press, Nike said: "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation".

On Thursday, Juventus sent a statement of support and called him a "great champion".

In them they said the alleged events "dating back to nearly 10 years ago" do not change their opinion of the player, who they described as a "great champion".

The cover stars of EA Sports' biggest video-games series - FIFA, Madden, NHL, PGA Tour, NBA Live and UFC - all feature on the website's homepage except Ronaldo.

Giving an interview to Der Spiegel in the past week, Kathryn Mayorga alleges that Ronaldo forced her to have sex at a Las Vega hotel in July 2009.

His other current mega endorsement deals include long-term multi-million pound contracts with Nike, nutrition giant Herbalife, Tag Heuer and luggage firm American Tourister.

"They have to tread carefully so that they are not pre-judging him before an investigation reaches its conclusion", said Simon Leaf, a sports and commercial lawyer at London-based Mischon de Reya.

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

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.

Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages.

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