David De Gea denies sexual assault accusations, staying with Spain
Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has not been sent home from Euro 2016, and denied sexual assault allegations on Friday ahead of the tournament.
De Gea was reportedly named Friday in a sexual abuse case in Spain. Several other outlets reported de Gea was sent home by the team, but he will remain with Spain ahead of the competition’s start.
“The first person who was surprised by this news story was me,” De Gea said. “It’s a lie.
“I feel even stronger about staying with the national team... it is all false and it is in my lawyers hands,” he told reporters, according to Guillem Balague of Sky Sports.
“I know what I have done with my life. It is all false.”
According to Spanish website El Diario, de Gea is accused of organizing a meeting between soccer players and a woman forced into prostitution by an alleged human trafficker.
The woman in the case is reportedly a protected witness in an ongoing proceeding against pornographer Ignacio Fernandez Allende, who has been charged with human trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual assault, child pornography and other crimes.
De Gea, who plays for Manchester United, is expected to be Spain’s starting goalkeeper for the Euro tournament.
Spain has won the last two European championships.