Come to a standstill
On the day that Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals in the Champions League, a report has speculated why the legal case against him has stalled.
It has been six months since a case against Cristiano Ronaldo was reopened.
That case was in relation to the alleged sexual assault of Kathryn Mayorga in 2009, during his time at Manchester United.
Ronaldo later slammed the report, taking to social media to explain “My clear [conscience] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.”
I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 3, 2018
Fast forward to March 2019 and there hasn’t been much said about the investigation’s progress.
Though, ESPN have now speculated why the case has stalled.
“Running the clock”
In a report published on Tuesday, ESPN suggest that Mayorga’s civil suit against Ronaldo has hit a roadblock.
It is then suggested that Ronaldo and his team could be running down the clock.
Speaking about the Ronaldo social media quote above, their report reads: That last part might be a clue to his legal team’s approach: running the clock. While the criminal investigation slogs on, Mayorga’s civil suit against Ronaldo has stalled as well. That is primarily because Ronaldo has still not officially been served notice of the lawsuit. Serving a lawsuit to someone who lives abroad is a tricky process that requires following rules set forth in international treaties, and Ronaldo has not authorized his American attorney to accept on his behalf.
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Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Stovall, has so far been unsuccessful serving Ronaldo in Italy.
ESPN even bring in an attorney ‘with experience in international law’ to explain that delaying tactics do exist.
“A rich defendant can wear down a plaintiff with lesser means,” Abed Awad, an ‘attorney and legal commentator with experience in international law’ explained to ESPN.
“It’s a delaying tactic, and it’s a calculated strategy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it backfires.”