Madrid sues news­pa­per that said it forced Ron­aldo to set­tle

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS -

MADRID — Real Madrid says it has taken le­gal ac­tion against a Por­tuguese news­pa­per that re­ported the Span­ish club forced Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to set­tle with the woman who ac­cused him of rape.

Madrid says the in­for­ma­tion pub­lished by the Cor­reio da Manha news­pa­per is “cat­e­gor­i­cally false” and was printed in an ef­fort to “se­ri­ously dam­age the im­age of this club.”

Madrid says it “has ab­so­lutely no knowl­edge of any of the in­for­ma­tion that the news­pa­per pub­lished with re­gard to the player Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, and there­fore the club was un­able to take ac­tion on a mat­ter of which it had no knowl­edge.”

The Cor­reio da Manha pub­lished an ar­ti­cle Wed­nes­day say­ing that part of Ron­aldo’s de­fence will be to say that Real Madrid forced him to set­tle. It said Ron­aldo was against set­tling and al­ways de­clared his in­no­cence.

The news­pa­per said Thurs­day it stood by what it pub­lished and that ev­ery­thing that went into the ar­ti­cle was prop­erly checked.

Kathryn May­orga filed a law­suit late last month in Ne­vada say­ing she was raped by Ron­aldo in Las Ve­gas in 2009. Po­lice have re­opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The 33-year-old Ron­aldo, who played nearly a decade with Real Madrid be­fore join­ing Ital­ian club Ju­ven­tus in the off-sea­son, has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo

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