Police investigating a rape allegation against Cristiano Ronaldo want DNA from the footballer, his lawyer has said.
The Portuguese forward was accused in September of sexually assaulting American woman Kathryn Mayorga in a hotel room in Las Vegas in June 2009 – a claim he denied.
Ronaldo, 33, said rape was “an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in”.
Lawyer Peter S Christiansen has confirmed that investigators are seeking DNA from the Juventus star, but did not confirm a Wall Street Journal report that a warrant was sent to Italy to get Ronaldo to submit a sample.
Police in Las Vegas confirmed the request had been made, with spokeswoman Laura Meltzer saying: “The LVMPD is taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence.”
The investigation was originally closed in 2009 but reopened days before Ms Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September.