Just hours before Euro 2016 kicked-off, Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea was caught up in a sex abuse case.
A prostitute claimed that she, and another female, were forced to partake in sexual activities with two professional footballers. Athletic Bilbao striker Iker Muniain was named as one of them, while the other was a Premier League Spanish player.
De Gea was named as the person that was supposed to have organised and paid for the encounter between the two Spanish players and the two women in a hotel in Madrid. Despite it never been claimed that De Gea was involved in any sexual activity himself, the goalkeeper was still under investigation for the serious role he played.
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Muniain was accused to have sexually abused and threatened a prostitute while De Gea was accused of facilitating prostitution, with both players facing significant prison sentences if found guilty.
However, according to the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old is now in the clear and will not be called before the courts after they declared that the sexual encounter was voluntary.
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The report claims that De Gea hasn’t received any communication from the investigations throughout the whole process and hasn’t been questioned regarding his involvement.
Lack of evidence
The Spanish police are continuing to investigate the ‘Torbe case’ but they are no longer pursuing the three Spanish footballers due to a lack of evidence and an unreliable witness.
Interviu, a Spanish newspaper, said that police are concerned with the inconsistencies in the statement from a female witness with her only naming the footballers in her second statement. Also, it’s reported that she attempted to sell her story to at least two Spanish media outlets.
The Daily Mail also claim that De Gea’s legal team are considering opening proceedings against Spanish website El Diario who published the original report, citing that his reputation has been tarnished by the whole saga.
De Gea's original statement
When the original allegations were made, some reports claimed that the ‘keeper had been sent home from Spain’s Euro 2016 camp. They proved to be incorrect and De Gea immediately protested his innocence.
“I want to refute these allegations. These are lies and mistruths. The matter remains in the hands of my lawyers. It is all false,” he said at the time.
And now, to the relief of the player, it seems as though he can just concentrate on his football rather than having a court case looming over him.