- Juventus will not fly to the US for preparation for the tournament this summer.
- Reason for that, according to a report of New York Times the fear of tournament organizers, striker Cristiano Ronaldo could be arrested.
- Ronaldo is under investigation in the US. A woman accuses him of raping her in 2009.
Juventus refuses in the summer on a test match trip to the United States. In a report of the New York Times It is said that the organizers of the International Champions Cup can not rule out that Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo could be arrested. A spokesman for Juventus Turin confirmed the newspaper only that the club would travel to Asia instead of the US. After several years of preparation in North America, it is normal that the trip would now go to Asia, he is quoted.
The "International Champions Cup" is a preparation tournament whose games are mainly played in the USA, but also in Southeast Asia. Bayern played in the context of this format last year in Philadelphia against Turin.
Ronaldo is under investigation in the US. American Kathryn Mayorga accuses Ronaldo of raping her in 2009. Ronaldo has rejected the allegations. The investigations were initially discontinued in 2009, after Mayorga had initially refused to name her alleged tormentor by name. Last August, she filed a civil suit in Las Vegas – the investigation was resumed.
Mayorga states that she met the then-24-year-old Portuguese in a nightclub, then Ronaldo invited her to his hotel suite and raped her there. Mayorga claimed to receive $ 375,000 to keep the incident a secret.
Among other things, American investigators had asked the Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Ronaldo. The Las Vegas police confirmed that "an official request" had been sent to Italy. DNA evidence would be collected in the same way as in other cases of sexual assault.
An important piece of evidence is Mayorga's gown of that evening. The DNA was found to be different than their own, the report said Wall Street Journal, The sample from Italy should be compared with this sample. Only when all the evidence is collected, the police should hand over the case to the prosecution, which decides on a possible indictment of Ronaldo.
Ronaldo resists the allegations. According to the athlete, what happened in Las Vegas between the two was consensual, his lawyer said. "It would not be surprising, therefore, if there were DNA or if the police made this very common request as part of their investigation." In October, the 33-year-old multiple-time world footballer had the French magazine France football said that "the truth will come to light".