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Juventus opt for pre-season Asian tour

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Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts in pain during the Italian Serie A football match Bologna vs Juventus on February 24, 2019 at the Renato-Dall'Ara stadium in Bologna. (AFP/Tiziana Fabi)

Juventus opt for pre-season Asian tour

CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s Juventus will play the pre-season International Champions Cup in Asia and not in the US amid the Portugal star’s rape investigation there, the New York Times has reported.

Most of the matches take place in the US but organisers are planning to play Juventus’ elsewhere amid Ronaldo’s legal case, eliminating the risk of the Portuguese star being detained by authorities in the US as part of their investigations, the newspaper reported.

Juventus have confirmed their participation in the event with the official programme to be unveiled on Wednesday.

Juventus’ games will “mostly likely be in China and Singapore”, where they will be joined by Premier League teams Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, the New York Times said.

Ronaldo, 34, has denied allegations made by former model Kathryn Mayorga that he sexually assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009.

Las Vegas police asked Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample in January as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him.

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