Manchester United goalkeeper and Spain’s second choice goalkeeper in the ongoing Euro 2016, David de Gea has been caught up in a major child prostitution scandal after the emergence of text messages which showed how he allegedly tried to arrange a prostitute for five Manchester United teammates.
He was reportedly implicated in a police probe into a porn director accused of running a child prostitution ring.
According to MailOnline, reports said a protected witness in the case against pornographer Ignacio Allende Fernández – better known as ‘Torbe’ – claimed de Gea set up a date between her, one other girl, and two Spanish Under-21 players in 2012.
However de Gea has denied any wrongdoing, describing the accusations as ‘lies’ but several Spanish media outlets have published the messages the prostitute is claiming she exchanged with the goalie.
At a Spanish Euro 2016 press conference, de Gea responded, saying:
‘I’m the first to be surprised by the news. I want to refute these allegations. These are lies and mistruths.
‘This gives me more strength to play with the Spanish national team, with the support of my team-mates. The matter remains in the hands of my lawyers. It is all false.
‘I am very calm. I want to go out to train and continue doing what I enjoy.
‘I have no idea where this has come from. I know that it is false. I just have to keep going.
‘I found out in my room. I let me family know of the situation. They are calm because they know me.’
Online newspaper El Confidencial, published the text message exchange, stating that copies of the screenshots were contained in internal police files.
It reproduced pictures of some of the text messages on its website along with a transcript using code names TP3 for the witness and DG for de Gea:
TP3: ‘And Manchester?’
TP3: ‘He has mentioned it to me.’
TP3: ‘It’s true.’
DG: ‘Yes, it’s true ha-ha’
TP3: ‘You’re naughty.’
DG: ‘No, I’m doing it for my teammates woman, ha-ha.’
TP3: ‘What’s your team?’
TP3: ‘I’m lost.’
TP3: ‘When it comes to those sorts of things.’
DG: ‘I can see.’
TP3: ‘Do any of your teammates like me
TP3: ‘Apart from you of course.’
DG: ‘Will you be able to cope with all of them?’
TP3: ‘How many are there.’
DG: ‘About five with me.’
TP3: ‘Of course.’
DG: ‘I’m not so sure, ha-ha.’