Juventus throw support behind Cristiano Ronaldo with defiant statement

Juventus have issued a defiant statement in support of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese forward is facing a police investigation following an alleged incident in Las Vegas in 2009.

American model Kathryn Mayorga has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star during a holiday.

Ronaldo, 33, issued a firm denial over the claim on social media on Thursday.

Juventus have now issued a statement insisting that they are fully behind Ronaldo as he fights against the claim.

Writing on Twitter, they said: "Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus.

"The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion."

Ronaldo has been omitted from the Portugal squad for the upcoming internationals.

On the decision to leave out Ronaldo, manager Fernando Santos said: "In the future, nothing prevents Cristiano from giving his contribution to the national team."

The decision not to include him in the team came less than 24 hours before Ronaldo issued a statement of his own against the claim.

He wrote on Wednesday: "Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.

"My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations."

Ronaldo is being sued by Ms Mayorga, who alleges he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

The Nevada woman alleges the former Manchester United forward then dispatched a team of "fixers" to obstruct the criminal investigation and trick her into keeping quiet for 375,000 dollars (£268,000).

Ronaldo was also suspended for Juventus’ Champions League victory over Young Boys in midweek but should return for this weekend’s Serie A encounter with Udinese.

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