If found guilty, Ronaldo would face prison time.
After a report was published last week by German publication Spiegel Online detailing an alleged sexual assault by the cover star of FIFA ’19, Cristiano Ronaldo, Electronic Arts said they are “closely monitoring” the situation, according to Polygon.
An EA Sports representative sent the following statement to Polygon.
“We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”
The allegations come from a civil complaint that was filed recently by an American woman by the name of Kathryn Mayorga.
The alleged incident occurred in 2009 at a Las Vegas hotel, where Mayorga said she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo in a hotel room at the Palms Hotel and Casino. She reported the incident the following day to Las Vegas police and a rape kit from the hospital the day the alleged incident was reported, is still in the possession of authorities and possible to extract DNA from.
Speigel obtained a settlement agreement between Mayorga and Ronaldo, in which she was reportedly paid $375,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Mayorga has recently spoken out on the 2009 allegations and filed a civil lawsuit against Ronaldo. It was recently confirmed by USA Today that the investigation has since been reopened.
Ronaldo appears throughout FIFA 19 in the story mode and is one of the rare card players in the Ultimate Team mode. Ronaldo would face time in prison if found guilty of the allegations.
It is unknown if EA will make any changes to the cover of FIFA 19 while the lawsuit unfolds. They removed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice from Madden NFL 15 after his indefinite suspension from the NFL in late 2014.
Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter @jessieannwade.