Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been implicated in a Spanish rape case by a protected witness in a Spanish court case, along with his former Spain Under-21 teammate Iker Muniain.
El Diario report that the witness was giving evidence in the investigation against Ignacio Fernandez Allende (aka Torbe), jailed since last April on charges of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual assault, child pornography, related to prostitution, extortion and money laundering.
The unnamed witness claims that she was taken to a hotel and assaulted by two footballers – Muniain and an unnamed player – after Torbe had forced her into the encounter against her will, while telling her that she would be well paid for her time.
It is claimed that United keeper David De Gea was the person who called Torbe to arrange the meeting, with the woman reporting that they kept in touch afterwards in an effort to keep her quiet. De Gea is also said to have tried to arrange another encounter with five United players, but there is no proof that this meeting ever took place.
David De Gea is also said to be mentioned in another piece of testimony in which a minor claimed to have been raped by Torbe, claiming that the incident was filmed so that De Gea and some Athletic Bilbao players could watch.
On the eve of Euro 2016, the revelations could see his participation in the competition placed in serious doubt – with much more serious consequences likely if he is found to have played any part in either reported rape.