Rape claim su­per­star back in team

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Krissy Stor­rar KSTORRAR@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

Foot­baller Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­turned to the pitch yes­ter­day for the first time since it emerged he had been ac­cused of rape. The Por­tuguese striker scored for Ju­ven­tus in his first game since it was al­leged that he raped a woman in a ho­tel in Las Ve­gas in 2009. His main spon­sors Nike and EA Sports have ex­pressed “con­cern” over the al­le­ga­tions, which he strongly de­nies. But he has been backed by his Ital­ian club Ju­ven­tus, de­spite a drop in its share price. The former World Player of the Year scored the sec­ond goal for the Serie A club in their match against Udi­nese. Ron­aldo, 33, had been sus­pended for the side’s mid­week Cham­pi­ons League match af­ter re­ceiv­ing a red card in the pre­vi­ous game. The al­le­ga­tions were re­vealed by a Ger­man news mag­a­zine. Kathryn May­orga, a teacher from Ne­vada, claims the foot­baller raped her in his pent­house suite af­ter she met him in a night­club. She went to po­lice in Las Ve­gas but did not name or de­scribe her at­tacker, or give de­tails of the lo­ca­tion. De­tec­tives have now re­opened the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It was re­ported that a year later she re­ceived £288,000 in an out-of-court set­tle­ment af­ter agree­ing never to make her ac­cu­sa­tion pub­lic. But she said she de­cided to come for­ward and tell her story be­cause of the #metoo move­ment.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, right, cel­e­brates yes­ter­day

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