Manchester United keeper David De Gea can breathe a sigh of relief now that he appears to have been cleared of sexual abuse allegations. The Spanish star won’t be called to court in connection to a sex scandal that named him and two other Spanish players earlier this summer.
The Daily Mail reports that an investigation has led to the conclusion that the alleged sexual encounter between a pair of women and an unnamed Premier League player and Athletic Bilbao striker Iker Muniain were all voluntary. The encounter, which one of the women claimed to have ended in sexual assault, was allegedly organized and paid for by David De Gea. However, he was never accused to have taken part in any sexual activity with the women. The main accuser claimed that she and another woman were “forced” into taking part in sexual activity with De Gea’s friends and fellow footballers.
Despite not being involved in the act, allegations of having facilitated prostitution and sexual abuse were serious charges that could have led to prison terms. The incidents allegedly took place back in 2012 at the Hotel Urban in Madrid. Reports about the prostitute’s accusations broke out only this summer, ahead of the Euro 2016 Championships. De Gea was forced to make a statement ahead of the event in order to deny the accusations and relieve the pressure from his coach Vicente del Bosque.
Give Me Sport reports that De Gea has never been interviewed by investigators connected to the case. He and the other players involved have reportedly been cleared of the charges after inconsistencies were found in the woman’s statements. She was also found to be trying to sell her story to several Spanish publications. The Manchester United player is reportedly looking into taking legal action against El Diario, the publication that first published the allegations, which he maintains are false.