Serie A giants Juventus might avoid traveling to the United States of America to play the International Champions Cup due to the presence of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently the subject of ongoing investigation for the alleged rape of former model Kathryn Mayorga.
The Old Lady were expected to take part in the US leg of the competition but according to a report in the New York Times, they will now steer clear of the country in order to avoid CR7 being contacted by the American authorities.
"Juventus has a multiyear agreement to play in the International Champions Cup, which is organized by New York-based Relevent Sports. Ronaldo’s legal troubles played a role in shaping plans for Juventus’s participation, according to people familiar with this summer’s schedule," said Tariq Panja of the Times.
New York Times: #Juventus will play this summer’s #InternationalChampionsCup in Asia so Cristiano Ronaldo avoids possible detainment by US authorities https://t.co/w7pu5GIjuI #ICC2019 #CR7 pic.twitter.com/yBiIkdtX85— footballitalia (@footballitalia) March 20, 2019
The Italian giants have instead been placed in the Asian portion of the pre-season tournament in order to avoid conflict, with the ICC Cu seen as an important part of their preparations ahead of a campaign.
The 34-year-old was accused by Mayorga of sexually assaulting her in a Las Vegas hotel way back in 2009, which resulted in the LA authorities issuing a warrant asking for his DNA sample, though nothing has been sent by Ronaldo as of now.
The schedule for the ICC Cup is set to be announced next week and it will be interesting to see how this story pans out in the near future.