EA is “closely monitoring” the rape allegations against FIFA 19 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo following a report in German publication Der Spiegel.
The report claims that Juventus forward Ronaldo anally raped Las Vegas resident Kathryn Mayorga on June 12th, 2009, after meeting her in a nightclub. Following the assault, which was reported to Las Vegas police after it occurred, Ronaldo paid Mayorga $375,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the incident, as revealed in a spring 2017 report.
In response to these allegations, FIFA 19 publisher EA has released a statement to Eurogamer that it has “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 matter that is consistent with EA’s values.”
The official EA Sports FIFA Twitter account recently changed its banner image and profile picture to remove Ronaldo, who was also FIFA 18‘s cover athlete, though the publisher claims this was purely for marketing reasons, not as a result of the allegations.
Ronaldo denied the allegations on Twitter, saying that rape “is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.… My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”
FIFA 19 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.