October 5, 2018 / 3:04 PM / 11 days ago

Soccer: Juventus shares hurt by Ronaldo accusations

(Reuters) - Shares in top-tier Italian football club Juventus fell sharply on Friday, with a trader attributing the move to rape allegations against its recently acquired star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

FILE PHOTO: Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo appears before the match at the Champions League, Group H, Valencia v Juventus in Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, September 19, 2018 . REUTERS/Heino Kalis/File Photo

Ronaldo, signed to Juventus from Spain’s Real Madrid in July for 100 million euros, has denied the allegations.

Juventus shares fell 7 percent by 1425 GMT. The stock is down 13 percent since the allegations first emerged on Tuesday.

Selling pressure was compounded by statements by sponsors Nike Inc and Electronic Arts Inc, which on Thursday expressed their concern..

“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said.

Reporting by Anna Jaworska-Guidotti in Gdynia, additional reporting by Andrea Mandala in Milan; editing by David Evans

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