Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has dismissed allegations he organised a party at which two women were forced to have sex with two other players. The 25-year-old, who is with the Spanish squad training for the Euro championships, said: “I am surprised by this. I deny it, and that’s it. It’s a lie, false.” It had been reported that de Gea had been sent home as the scandal broke but he said: “I have not thought about leaving France. I was in my room playing on the PlayStation when I was told. The first thing was to warn my family, to make sure they are calm. They know it is false.“
This is in my lawyers’ hands. I am very, very calm. I know what I do with my life. It is all false. I have no idea [where it comes from] and how it came to be in the press. It’s a way of sullying someone’s image. That’s it
David de Gea
The claims emerge in statements from two protected witnesses and concern an encounter in a Madrid hotel in 2012. One woman alleges she was forced to have sexual relations with a girl and two footballers, Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain and an unnamed Spain under-21 team-mate. The allegations were made in a case centred on a well-known Spanish porn director, Ignacio Allende Fernandez, also known as Torbe. Munian also issued a statement denying any involvement.
I hope that all the fans who have supported me on the field of play trust me at this time