Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the Portugal squad on Thursday, this time for games against Poland and Scotland later this month.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said of Ronaldo, “I personally always support my players, and this is not even a question of solidarity, but I believe what the player said publicly. He considers rape to be an abominable crime and clearly reaffirms that he is innocent of what he is being accused of. I know Cristiano well and I fully believe he would not commit a crime like that.”

Santos did not specify that the absence is related to the investigation but said the Juventus forward also will not represent Portugal in games against Italy and Poland in November.

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