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Italian footballer arrested over rape accusation

FOOTBALL By Reuters | June 11th 2021 | 1 min read
Juventus youth product Manolo Portanova was sold to Genoa in January  [PHOTO COURTESY]

Italian footballer Manolo Portanova of Serie A team Genoa has been placed under house arrest along with two other people on rape charges, a judicial source said on Friday.

Neither his lawyer Gabriele Bordoni, Italian police or the club were able to comment immediately on the case.

The source, who was not authorised to speak to media, told Reuters a 23-year-old woman informed police she had been raped by four men - aged between 21 and 24 - in an apartment in the central city of Siena after dinner at a restaurant on May 31.

Portanova, 21, and two others were arrested following investigations and magistrates ordered a search of their phones, the source added. He is be questioned on Monday.

Portanova, a midfielder, joined Genoa last January from Juventus and played three matches last season.

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