HomeNewsCristiano Ronaldo Taken Off FIFA 19 Social Media By EA Sports Amidst Rape Allegation
One of Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest sponsors removed pictures of him from its website and Twitter account after saying it was ‘closely monitoring’ rape allegations against the footballer. The images later reappeared on the computer games company EA Sports’ website after the Daily Mail raised questions about it.
Ronaldo, 33, is the face of the firm’s FIFA 19 computer game, in what is understood to be a multi-million-pound deal. EA is “closely monitoring” allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus and Portugal ace, 33, was the cover star for FIFA 19 as well as last year’s game.
The footballer is alleged to have sexually assaulted american Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 – then paying her $375,000 before signing a non-disclosure agreement. EA Sports said it had not deleted images of the player, although this ‘may have been mistakenly taken as action on our part’ during updates to its website.
The police have since reopened the investigation with Mayorga filing a civil complaint against Ronaldo. The outcome of the case could have serious consequences for EA. For one, Ronaldo has been used in nearly every piece of marketing material for FIFA 19. As well as gracing the cover, the Portuguese also appears in the game’s story mode – The Journey: Champions – not to mention Ultimate Team.
It came after the company released a statement saying: ‘We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘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, shares in the player’s current club, Turin-based Juventus, plummeted by 10 per cent yesterday – equivalent to £114.5million.