Cristiano Ronaldo rape claim: Juventus’ share price plunges after allegation
Cristiano Ronaldo is “ready to return to action” after being accused of rape, his manager at Juventus has said.
But the Italian football club’s share price closed almost 10% down as markets reacted to a damaging week for their star player.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegra said Ronaldo was “doing well” despite the allegation against him.
“I’ve known him for three months, but I can say that in his 15 years of his career he has shown great professionalism and seriousness
both on and off the field,” Allegri said.
“In regard to tomorrow, he is ready to return to action.” Juventus are away to Udinese in the Italian league.
The defence comes after a video emerged of the Portugal footballer dancing with his accuser, teacher Kathryn Mayorga, in 2009.
Ms Mayorga, 34, has claimed Ronaldo raped her in June 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Allegri acknowledged that it was a “delicate moment” but said Ronaldo had “large shoulders”.
“I see him calm in training,” he said.”Ronaldo’s professionalism on and off the field is indisputable.”