The feminist group "Level Up" launched a plane with a banner tied to it that read "Believe Catherine Mayorga" over "Old Trafford" during Cristiano Ronaldo's second debut for the "Red Devils" on Saturday (September 11), against Newcastle .
Support was shown for the woman who accused the Portuguese superstar of raping her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009. The plane with the inscription flew over Old Trafford just after the start of the match against the Magpies, won by the hosts with 4 : 1, as two of the goals for Man United were the work of Ronaldo.
In a Twitter post, the group added: "Let's not say the culture of silence about abuses by the football community." Ronaldo himself denied these allegations in 2018, when he wrote: "I categorically deny the accusations against me. Rape is a heinous crime that contradicts everything I am and believe in. ”
In 2019, the US prosecutor's office decided that Ronaldo would not be tried on charges of violence, as there was no evidence that he raped Mayorga. The footballer himself shared that these accusations against him are an attack on his honor and dignity and because of them he has experienced the worst year of his life.