Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa defended football star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was accused of rape by an American woman.
Speaking on television Saturday on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, Antonio Costa appealed to the presumption of innocence, as well as the success of Ronaldo’s career.
“People must understand once and for all that there is one thing that is the presumption of innocence. It is not enough for someone to be charged with something to be guilty of it. “
“If we are sure of something, it is the fact that he is an extraordinary professional, an extraordinary sportsman, an extraordinary footballer, a person who has honored Portugal and has given it prestige, and what we all want is that nothing can destroy this image we have of him, “he added.
Last week, Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her at a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009. Police have reopened an investigation.
The former Real star has since denied the accusations of Kathryn Mayorga, saying that sex was granted.
Juventus supported its new rookie but sponsors, Nike and video game maker EA Sports, have expressed concern over the allegation.