Juventus will play the International Champions Cup next summer in Asia rather than the United States for fear of chasing Cristiano Ronaldo, who is accused of rape.
The Juventus club will not play in this year’s International Champions Cup in the United States for fear of a possible trial for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is accused of rape, the New York Times reported Thursday.
The organizers of most of the summer’s games in the United States have decided to play Juventus outside the continent because of Ronaldo’s accusations by former fashion model Katherine Mayorga of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009 to avoid being caught by US police.
The New York Times revealed that “Juventus are likely to play their games in China and Singapore” against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
“Playing in Asia is normal after the previous seasons in the United States,” said a spokesman for the Italian club Firas Press.
Juventus has confirmed his participation in the Champions Cup, which is due to be announced on March 27.
Last year, Mallorca lodged a complaint in Las Vegas, accusing Ronaldo of raping her on June 13, 2009 in her hotel room and pressing her to sign a financial agreement to remain silent about what happened. Ronaldo strongly denies the charges.
Ronaldo joined Juventus last summer from Real Madrid in a deal worth 100 million euros.
In the absence of nine months, the Portuguese again joined his country to lead him against Ukraine on Friday and then against Serbia on Monday in Group B of the European Cup qualifying group.