Cristiano Ronaldo To Miss Portugal Games In Wake of Rape Allegations

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off the Portugal national team for their upcoming matches amid a resurfaced rape allegation against him.

Portugal will face Poland in the UEFA Nations League on 11 October, before playing a friendly against Scotland three days later.

"In the future, nothing prevents Cristiano from giving his contribution to the national team", coach Fernando Santos said in quotes posted on the national team's official Twitter feed.

Ronaldo said rape was "an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in" as police in Las Vegas reopened a sexual assault investigation from 2009.

At this stage, it is unclear whether Ronaldo's latest ommision from the global squad is in any way related to these allegations.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. has also reopened the case - though no charges have been brought against the soccer star.

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But it appeared to be business as usual for Ronaldo on Thursday as he returned to training after sitting out his side's comfortable win over Young Boys on Tuesday night.

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

Christiano Ronaldo's omission comes in the wake of the rape allegations against him by former American model Kathryn Mayorga.

According to Mayorga, the Portuguese ace pulled her into a bedroom and anally raped her while she was changing, as she shouted "no, no, no".

Fox News generally does not name sex assault victims, but Mayorga gave her name to Der Spiegel for her interview, and she is named as the plaintiff in the court papers filed in Las Vegas.

Mayorga alleges she was pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages. Her attorney, Leslie Stovall, said in a news conference on Thursday that Mayorga is still in "active therapy" to deal with the emotional impact of the alleged assault.

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