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FIFA World Cup 2018: David De Gea demands public apology from Spain PM

David de Gea wants the Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to publicly apologise for comments made about the goalkeeper’s alleged involvement in a sexual assault case two years ago.

football Updated: Jun 11, 2018 18:44 IST
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David De Gea demanded a public apology from Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over comments he made on the footballer.
David De Gea demanded a public apology from Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over comments he made on the footballer.(REUTERS)

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has demanded a “public apology” from Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over comments he made in connection with a false 2016 sex slur.

Socialist leader Sanchez, who took over as Prime Minister earlier this month after conservative Mariano Rajoy lost a vote of confidence, criticised De Gea two years ago amid sexual assault claims against the Manchester United player.

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At the time Sanchez said he did not “feel comfortable with De Gea as the national team’s goalkeeper”.

Last week, when Sanchez came to see the Spanish team off ahead of the World Cup in Russia, De Gea was pictured with his hands in his pockets, remaining on the fringes of the group as teammates applauded the premier’s arrival.

“I accepted his apologies politely,” Spanish media quoted the goalkeeper as saying.

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“The thing is, though, that what he said at the time was in public so I think his apologies should also be made publicly.”

Sanchez made his comment after a woman accused De Gea of organising a party where women were obliged to have sex with footballers.

De Gea denied the accusations, which an investigation found to be false.