Prem star: Rape claims are ‘lies’
A FORMER Premier League footballer accused of raping a woman he met in a nightclub has told a court she is lying.
Ex-Sunderland player Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, told Hull Crown Court he did not know why the woman would try to destroy his life.
She has told the jury that Varela pinned her down on his bed and raped her after they met during a night out in Newcastle.
But the footballer has said they had consensual sex after going back to his Gateshead flat with friends, including retired French international Anthony Reveillere.
Prosecutor Neil Usher said: “Are you saying she’s lying?”
Varela, 27, replied: “She’s lying.”
Cape Verde-born Varela, who now plays for Swiss team FC Zurich, gave evidence with help from an interpreter.
He denies two counts of rape.
The trail continues.