Cristiano Ronaldo Removed From FIFA 19 Social Media As EA 'Monitor' Rape Allegation
Promotional images of Cristiano Ronaldo have been taken down by EA as it monitors recent rape allegations against the FIFA 19 cover star.
Everyone's seen this year's Ronaldo FIFA image; the footballer sports his new Juventus kit in front of a bright blue background. It's what players greeted with as they start up the game, and it was what you saw whenever you visited FIFA social media accounts.
A number of EA channels had it plastered as headers, in Tweets, and pretty much everywhere. But if you look for it now? It can't be found - anywhere.
This doesn't mean EA believe the former Real Madrid star is guilty, but it does suggest the company is trying to distance itself from the situation - even if a spokesperson explained that they regularly update images for marketing purposes.
EA told EuroGamer that it's 'closely monitoring' the allegations found within a 'concerning' German report, which highlights an alleged incident from 2009.
Ronaldo denied all accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga, who Spiegel Online report to have been silenced by the footballer when he allegedly raped her after in Las Vegas almost ten years ago.
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 (@Cristiano) October 3, 2018
"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in," the Juve man said on Twitter.
"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."
"My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations."
.@Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus. 1/1
- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 4, 2018
This standpoint is backed by his new team, too.
Featured Image Credit: EA