Cristiano Ronaldo has been taken off FIFA 19’s social media platforms by EA Sports amid the allegations of rape against the game’s cover star.
The Juventus and Portuguese forward had featured in advertising on FIFA 19’s Twitter and Facebook accounts following the release of the game on September 28.
However Ronaldo, who has been used as the face of the game for the previous two years, is now nowhere to be seen on the game’s promotional outlets and does not appear on the FIFA 19 section of the EA Sports’ website, apart from on the game cover.
EA Sports said on Thursday: ‘We have 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 manner that is consistent with EA’s values.’
Ronaldo has major endorsement deals with Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife and American Tourister.
Nike said they were ‘deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations’ facing the 33-year-old on Thursday after a woman filed a lawsuit alleging she was raped by Ronaldo in 2009. Ronaldo denies the claims.
Las Vegas police announced they would reopen the investigation into a claim of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who alleges that Ronaldo forced her to have sex with him at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.
Ronaldo dismissed Mayorga’s claim as ‘fake news’ and reasserted this in a Twitter message posted on Wednesday afternoon.
He wrote: ‘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.’