The girlfriend of Northern Ireland and Manchester United football star Jonny Evans has said she is certain his name will be cleared of rape allegations.
Stunning blonde student Kate Wathall and the local teenager have been an item since he met her during a loan spell at Sunderland last season.
Miss Wathall refuted the accusations levelled against her boyfriend in an interview stating: "I believe it simply never happened. It never took place, and should never have gone this far.
"I know Jon well, and am totally convinced his name will be cleared of all these terrible allegations against him."
Ms Wathall (20) is originally from Sheffield but was studying at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne when she met Evans, and has since graduated and started a new course at the city's Northumbria University.
On the her page on the social networking site Bebo, there are several pictures of Miss Wathall and the 19 year-old Newtownabbey native together, including one where the defender has the words "I Love Kate" scrawled in marker on his neck.
Evans, who has eight international caps, has strongly protested his innocence of the alleged rape at United's Christmas party in Manchester's prestigious Great John Street Hotel on Monday night.