Newcastle United fans go viral with a ‘shithouse’ chant about Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Portuguese international marked his dream return with two goals in a 4-1 Premier League win over Steve Bruce’s side, which left Alan Shearer reeling at the state the Magpies find themselves in.
As CR7 dazzled in front of over 70,000 fans, chants were sung in homage of Ronaldo and his return, which helped him feel at ease.
Meanwhile however, a plane banner was also flown over the iconic stadium, in criticism of Ronaldo in light of rape allegations.
Feminist group Level Up say that they flew a message, which read ‘Believe Kathryn Mayorga’, over Old Trafford in support of woman accusing footballer of sexual assault.
The banner is backing a woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
Mayorga has claimed that he assaulted her in a hotel suite bedroom after she met him in a nightclub in Las Vegas. Ronaldo maintains the sex was consensual.
Mayorga is currently trying to pursue a civil claim after the criminal complaint was dismissed.
Las Vegas police have already reinvestigated the claims in 2018, however decided they could not “be proven beyond reasonable doubt”.
In October 2018, Ronaldo tweeted: “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.”
Mayorga has filed a civil lawsuit in the US claiming “battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, coercion, fraud, abuse of a vulnerable person, racketeering, defamation, abuse of process, negligence and breach of contract”.
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
The banner appeared about five minutes into Manchester United’s game against Newcastle on Saturday, in which Ronaldo was part of the starting lineup.
Janey Starling, co-director of Level Up, said: “Manchester United has welcomed Cristiano like a hero, and created a culture of silence about the rape allegations made against him. That ends today.”
In 2019, lawyers representing Ronaldo won a United States courtroom bid to block Mayorga from digging into the validity of a confidentiality agreement made between them in 2010 in which she was paid $375,000 (£270,000).
Mayorga, from Nevada, gave consent through her lawyers in 2018 to be identified.
Meanwhile also during Saturday’s encounter, Newcastle fans go viral with ‘shithouse’ chant about Cristiano Ronaldo, singing “Geordie boys on a bender. Cristiano’s a sex offender.”
Newcastle United fans to Cristiano Ronaldo: “Geordie boys on a bender.
Cristiano’s a sex offender” pic.twitter.com/9FOQ1jP6ps
— Football Shithousery (@FootyRustling) September 13, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo said he “super nervous” before scoring twice on his much-hyped Manchester United return in their 4-1 win over Newcastle, after which boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has allowed fans to “dream” again.
“I didn’t expect to score two goals,” CR7 said.
“I expected one but not two. It was an unbelievable moment.
“It is unbelievable. When I started the game I was so nervous, I swear. I did not expect that they would sing my name all game. The reception is incredible but I am here to win games and help the team.
“It was an unbelievable moment. I was super nervous and was thinking last night that I wanted to play good and show I was still capable of helping the team. This club is unbelievable and I am so proud. I am going to give everything to make them proud of me.
“Everyone knows the football in England is different than in any part of the world and to be honest it is the most special one. I arrived here at 18 and they treated my unbelievably and that is why I am back.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never doubted Cristiano Ronaldo would have an immediate impact on his Manchester United homecoming.
“I don’t think so,” Solskjaer said when asked if he had any doubts about Ronaldo’s effectiveness. “He does what he does. Cristiano lifts everyone, gets everyone so focused when he’s around the place, he puts demands on himself which puts demands on his teammates and demands on us, and that’s why he’s done so much in his career, he’s been so disciplined.
“He’s evolved, he’s a developed as a player, he’s a different type of player to when he left but he’s still a ruthless and clinical goalscorer, and he smells the big moments. He scents when there’s a goal.”
Ronaldo gave a speech to his new teammates – an introductory address that is obligatory for all new arrivals – at the team hotel on Friday night but Solskjaer refused to divulge details of what the 36-year-old said.
“Of course, everyone when they come into the team they have to introduce themselves, so maybe not everyone knows his name,” Solskjaer joked. “At least they do now.
“The atmosphere around the club has been electric, the supporters have really enjoyed the last 10 days or so since he signed and there are loads of expectations on the team today and he’s delivered.
“He said his name is Cristiano, that’s as much as I can say. I didn’t want to take him off unless he wanted to come off. He needs minutes, he’s had a little pre-season, he’s lost a few games for Juventus and Portugal, so we just needed to get 90 minutes into him.”