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De Gea: Sex abuse claims totally false

EURO 2016

By Pete Jenson

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea protested his innocence and said he had never considered leaving the Spain squad, when asked yesterday about being implicated in a sex-abuse case dating back to 2012.

Scandal threatened to shake the reigning European Champions' base camp at La Rochelle in France when various media in Spain reported that a protected witness in the case against pornographer Ignacio Allende Fernández had claimed De Gea set up a meeting between her, one other girl, Iker Muniain and another Spanish Under-21 player four years ago, in which the girls were allegedly sexually abused.

The 25-year-old gave an impromptu press conference and said: 'No one is more surprised by this news than me. It is a lie, completely false." Asked about rumours he would be leaving Euro 2016 before Spain's first game against the Czech Republic on Monday, he said: "I have never considered leaving the squad."

Watched from the wings by supportive team-mates Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, De Gea added: "This does not affect me. I am relaxed and I just want to go out and play. Very few things affect me and when it is something that is completely untrue then that is even more the case. The first thing I did was inform my family that this is completely false. They already knew that."

Munian's agent Txus Medina said: "We do not know anything at all about this case. Neither the police nor the courts have been in touch to request any kind of information."

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