Cristiano Ronaldo set to return to action amid rape allegations

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"We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and continue to monitor the situation closely", DAZN told the AP.

EA Sports uses Ronaldo as the face of their huge Federation Internationale de Football Association gaming franchise - with this year's latest edition featuring the Juve ace on the cover.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced growing heat yesterday from sponsors over a rape allegation in the United States after Nike and video-game maker EA Sports expressed concern about the conduct of the football superstar, who has denied the accusations.

Currently, the publisher behind the soccer simulator, EA Sports, is considering replacing Cristiano Ronaldo as the game's cover athlete after rape allegations have been made.

Kathryn Mayorga sued Ronaldo in a district court in Clark County, Nevada, alleging he raped her in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite.

Las Vegas police confirmed this week that they have reopened the investigation into the case.

Emails have been sent out to supporters this week - the latest coming on Friday at 2pm - saying: 'A limited number of tickets to see Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford are on sale now.

The club were described as "awful" by Gary Lineker after they released a statement in support of "great champion" Ronaldo. Juventus are away to Udinese in the Italian league.

Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.

His other current mega endorsement deals include long-term multi-million pound contracts with Nike, nutrition giant Herbalife, Tag Heuer and luggage firm American Tourister. However, he did play in the Italian league last weekend shortly after news broke about the allegation against him. In a statement to Eurogamer on Thursday, they said they were "closely monitoring" the situation. Raape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.

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

Meanwhile, previously had reported that the woman at the centre of Cristiano Ronaldo's forced assault, Kathryn Mayorga, was close to taking her life after the alleged incident, claims her legal representatives on Wednesday, October 4.

Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

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