Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off the Portugal squad for two upcoming matches amidst a rape allegation. The star footballer will not play for his national team in its second game of the UEFA Nations League in Poland, October 11.
It is reported that he will also be missing a friendly match in Glasgow against Scotland around three days later. The decision to leave him off the squad comes in wake of rape claim made by 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga who alleged that Ronaldo had raped her in the year 2009 in a Las Vegas Hotel room. 33-year-old Ronaldo took to Twitter on Wednesday to share that he "firmly" denies the claims made against him.
First images of Cristiano Ronaldo dancing with rape accuser hours before 'attack' https://t.co/Qn0KSr4gca pic.twitter.com/36zMVUCYmv— The Sun (@TheSun) October 2, 2018
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star shared, "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense. My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations."
The Las Vegas police reopened their investigation following Mayorga's lawsuit against Ronaldo. According to the lawsuit, Mayorga was convinced into signing a $375,000 (£332,000)- out of court settlement with Cristiano in the year 2010. She wants the agreement to be declared as a void and revealed that she gained the courage and confidence to speak up because of the #MeToo movement.
Cristiano Ronaldo rape accuser Kathryn Mayorga ‘considered suicide and has a learning disability’ https://t.co/RzOTdE984v pic.twitter.com/r9F8bQfsQY— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) October 4, 2018
Mayorga's lawyer revealed on Wednesday that Mayorga is currently avoiding the cameras due to her emotional state of being. The lawyer added that ever since the alleged sexual assault incident, Kathryn has suffered from "major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder."
Ronaldo's coach Fernando Santos shared that Ronaldo had missed Portugal's first two post world cup games as he was still settling in after his move from Real Madrid.