US sportswear giant Nike which is in a contract reportedly worth $1bn (£768m) with Cristiano Ronaldo has said it would “continue to closely monitor the situation” around the rape allegation on the football star, Associated Press reports.
Also, EA Sports told the AP that they had seen the concerning report that details the allegations against the Juventus striker. The company also has a contract with Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, 33, earlier “firmly” denied assaulting his accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, inside the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. The Portuguese captain who is being left of this month’s UEFA Nations League in a statement said ‘Rape is against everything he believes in’.
Ms Mayorga, a 34-year-old former US teacher, according to her lawyer, was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement
In a statement, Nike said: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
EA Sports in its own statement said: “We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Italian club Juventus has come out in defence of its player. In a tweet, Juventus said: “Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus.”