ATHENS — "Everything is happening over the money," claimed the 27-year-old football player accused of gang rape as he departed from the examining magistrate's office on Tuesday, where he was given a new date to prepare his testimony concerning the charges against him.
The 27-year-old Portuguese defender, who plays for a top-ranking Greek team in the Super League, was on Monday indicted for the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl after he was arrested and brought before a public prosecutor.
He asked for and received a new deadline to prepare his testimony and thus will appear before the magistrate again on Thursday morning. At the same time, a second man charged over the same incident was given a deadline to testify on Friday.
Leaving the magistrate's office, the footballer shouted to gathered journalists that he was innocent. "I am innocent. You will all see it. If I was not a football player all this would not have happened. Everything is happening for the money," he said.
The two men are facing charges of gang rape after the 17-year-old reported that they took advantage of her while she was under the influence of alcohol and raped her after luring her back to the footballer's house.