A banner targeting Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was hoisted above Old Trafford on Saturday as he made his return to the Red Devils stadium.
The banner read: “#Believe Kathryn Mayorga.”
Mayorga is the woman who accused Ronaldo of rape during a meeting in Las Vegas in 2009 and raised the allegations in 2018. She accepted money from Ronaldo’s representative as part of a no-go deal. disclosure.
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She claimed to have met Ronaldo at a nightclub and gone with him and others to a suite at the Palms Hotel & Casino where she claimed the football superstar assaulted her. Ronaldo, through his lawyers, has maintained that the sex is consensual.
US authorities said in 2019 that they would not continue to prosecute Ronaldo while Mayorga filed a civil suit against Ronaldo, saying the trauma she suffered in her life would not have made her able to sign the ‘nondisclosure agreement in the first place.
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Level Up, a UK-based gender justice group, revealed they were behind the banner and started a petition to send a message to Ronaldo and other football clubs that rape will not be tolerated .
“We flew over the Man United football field in a plane and our message is simple: believe Kathryn Mayorga,” Level Up wrote in a tweet.
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“Let’s say NO to the culture of silence around the abuse of the football community.”