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Ronaldo able to play for Juve amid rape allegation

TURIN: Cristiano Ronaldo is able to play for Juventus in opposition to Udinese on Saturday regardless of the rape claims made in opposition to him in the USA, coach Massimiliano Allegri mentioned on Friday because the Italian champions attempt to preserve their good begin to the Serie A season.

“Cristiano’s doing nicely. I’ve recognized him for 3 months, however I can say that in his 15 years of his profession he has proven nice professionalism and seriousness each on and off the sphere,” Allegri mentioned Friday. “In regard to tomorrow, he is able to return to motion.”

US police mentioned on Monday that they had re-opened an investigation into accusations by former American mannequin Kathryn Mayorga that the Portuguese participant raped her in a Las Vegas lodge in June 2009. Ronaldo has strenuously denied the accusations.

“It’s a fragile second however he has giant shoulders,” mentioned Allegri, who didn’t definitively say Ronaldo would begin on Saturday. “I see him calm in coaching. Ronaldo’s professionalism on and off the sphere is indeniable.”

Ronaldo missed Tuesday’s Champions League match in opposition to Younger Boys as a result of he had beforehand been suspended after getting a purple card in an earlier match. Nonetheless, he did play within the Serie A final weekend shortly after information broke in regards to the allegation in opposition to him.

On Thursday, Juve despatched an announcement of assist and referred to as him a “nice champion”. However sponsors Nike and online game maker EA Sports activities have expressed concern about his conduct. For the reason that allegation surfaced, Juve’s share value has fallen by almost 20 %.

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Printed in Daybreak, October sixth, 2018

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