Moonpig withdraws Ronaldo-themed Valentine’s Day card after angry backlash


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Moonpig withdraws a Ronaldo-themed Valentine's Day card from their website after social media backlash

Moonpig withdraws Ronaldo-themed Valentine’s Day card after angry backlash

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Moonpig withdraws ‘ignorant’ Valentine’s Day card showing footballer Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating ‘nothing can stop me scoring this Valentine’s’ after angry customer points out he has been accused of rape

  • Moonpig withdraws a Cristiano Ronaldo-themed card with his image and text: ‘Nothing can stop me scoring this Valentine’s’
  • Angry customer points out Man Utd player has been accused of rape
  • Former model Catherine Mayorga claims Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas in 2009
  • Ronaldo denies the allegations, never faces criminal charges

Moonpig has withdrawn a C Ronaldo-themed Valentine’s Day card from their website after a backlash.

The £3.49 card depicts the Manchester United striker next to a celebrating message: ‘Nothing can stop me scoring goals this Valentine’s Day’.

Moonpig has been criticized on social media after being accused of raping former model Kathryn Mayorga in Las Vegas in 2009.

Ronaldo has vigorously denied the allegations and has never faced criminal prosecution.

But one person on Reddit asked “what were they thinking”, while others called the card “horrible” and “ignorant.”

The card was subsequently removed from Moonpig’s website and from Thortful, another card retailer.

Moonpig withdraws a Ronaldo-themed Valentine's Day card from their website after social media backlash

Moonpig withdraws a Ronaldo-themed Valentine’s Day card from their website after social media backlash

American model-turned-teacher Catherine Mayorga claims Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009

American model-turned-teacher Catherine Mayorga claims Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009

A Moonpig spokesperson said: “We never intend to upset anyone, we take pride in delighting our customers and go out of our way to provide them with an exceptional range of products and service.

“When concerns were raised about this card, we removed it from our website immediately.”

Ms Mayorga claims she screamed “no” when Ronaldo pulled her into bed and sexually assaulted her about 13 years ago.

She said she had been battling clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of the alleged attack.

But Ronaldo, 37, has consistently called her allegations “fake news” and insisted their relationship was consensual.

Ronaldo (left) has been strenuously denying allegations of sexual assault from Ms Mayorga

Ronaldo (left) has been strenuously denying allegations of sexual assault from Ms Mayorga

According to the Mirror and Der Spiegel, Ronaldo settled with Ms Mayorga 12 years ago for £375,000.

Encouraged by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, she subsequently sought to overturn an initial settlement in 2018 after being accused by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent figures.

She is seeking more than £56 million in damages and costs.

Ronaldo played for Manchester United in a Burnley game earlier this week

Ronaldo played for Manchester United in a Burnley game earlier this week

But last October, a U.S. judge recommended that the civil case be dismissed, and in 2019 Las Vegas police confirmed Ronaldo would not face criminal prosecution after reopening the investigation.

In 2018, Ronaldo said: “I categorically deny the charges against me. Rape is a heinous crime and goes against everything I believe.

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