Juventus forward Cristaino Ronaldo omitted from Portugal national team amid rape allegations

Juventus forward Cristaino Ronaldo omitted from Portugal national team amid rape allegations”

Cristiano Ronaldo was left off Portugal's national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) as the football great fights rape allegations in the United States.

Ronaldo is being sued by a woman named Kathryn Mayorga, who alleges that the soccer superstar raped her at a Las Vegas hotel back in 2009.

She signed a $375,000 settlement agreement, according to the suit, that required her silence on the matter though her lawyers said it should now be voided.

"She has suffered an emotional, a psychological injury", Stovall said. "She would want to not be the person who has had to live with this for the last eight or nine years".

The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to police the same day and was examined at a local hospital. Christiano Ronaldo was also accused of rape in a separate incident in 2005 at a London hotel. "I think she looks at the women who are involved in the #MeToo movement as heroes".

"In the future, nothing prevents Cristiano from giving his contribution to the national team", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Portugal are set to face Italy and Poland in November, and should Ronaldo miss those games, the next time he could feature for the national team would be March of next year.

Gomes voiced his public support for Ronaldo earlier that morning.

Portugal visit Poland for a Nations League match on October 11 and then travel to Scotland for a friendly three days later.

Ronaldo - arguably the best player in the world - was left off the roster for an October 11 match against Poland and an October 14 game against Scotland.

He was also left out of the squad in September, meaning he has not played for the European champions since their unspectacular appearance at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We agreed the player wouldn't be available, wouldn't be an option for selection", Mr Santos said.

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