Reports: De Gea sent home from Euros

Allegations in the Spanish press are said to have led to De Gea, 25, being dismissed from the Spain squad on the day of the opening fixture between France and Romania.

David de Gea was expected to compete with Iker Casillas for a starting berth in Spain's Euro campaign.   -  REUTERS

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been sent home from Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, according to reports coming from Europe.

The name of Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea has appeared in testimony about a high-profile sex scandal, a Spanish daily claimed Friday.

According to Eldiario.es, the name of De Gea and Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain appeared in the testimony of a "protected witness" as part of an investigation into Ignacio Allende, a porn producer in Spain who was detained in April for alleged sexual abuse on minors and spreading child pornography.

The witness reportedly said she - along with another woman - was forced against her will to participate in a party in 2012 organised by De Gea, in which they both had sex with footballers.

The witness spoke to police in June 2015 and then again in May, and the existence of such a party comes from her testimony alone. She did not mention having had sex with De Gea, who is currently with the Spain team in France preparing for Euro 2016, according to the report.

A judicial source who wished to remain anonymous said that a police report had been handed over to a judge in the probe on Allende which involved footballers, but would not confirm its content or the identity of the players.

The allegations have made huge waves - coming just three days before Spain begin their attempt to win a third consecutive European crown - with speculation as to whether De Gea will be sent home.

"I don't see why this would happen," a source close to De Gea, who also wished to remain anonymous, said. "David is talking to his team of lawyers. He is not involved in any sex abuse. He does not appear as one of the players who took part in the encounter."

The other footballers involved are alleged to be 23-year-old Muniain and another unnamed player, according to Eldiario.es, which has published photocopies of the police report.

De Gea was named in Vicente del Bosque’s 23-man Spain squad for the European Championship, but a replacement will now be called up unless De Gea is reinstated.

De Gea was expected to be Spain’s first-choice goalkeeper at Euro 2016 after serving as deputy to Iker Casillas at the 2014 World Cup, having being named United’s Player of the Season for the third consecutive year last month.

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that De Gea will hold a press conference on Thursday evening.

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