Cristiano Ronaldo to continue playing despite rape claim

Juventus coach Massimilaino Allegi will continue to play Cristiano Ronaldo whilst in the middle of a police probe into a rape allegation against the football star.

Allegri said at a news conference Friday that there is no reason to take Ronaldo out of the lineup and rest him for Saturday’s clash with Genoa.

“He’s very calm and working well, and I’m not the one to respond to things that don’t concern me because they are personal,” Allegri said at a news conference on Friday. “Besides, he’s arrived here with great humility and settled in well, giving attention and a sense of responsibility to a side who have always had this.

“He’s scoring goals too, which is what he does best, in addition to the assists.”

Ronaldo is the focus of a criminal investigation in Las Vegas, accused of rape, with police re-opening a case from 2009. He has denied the accusations on Twitter, labelling it an “abominable crime” and that the claim is being made “by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”

Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter

I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. 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.

Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter

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

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