David de Gea's international teammates Hector Bellerin and Aritz Aduriz both refused to make any comments on the sex scandal that erupted on Friday morning (10 June) involving the Manchester United goalkeeper. Reports in Spain had suggested the goalkeeper would be appearing himself to make a statement, but the Arsenal right-back and the Athletic Bilbao striker appeared as scheduled. The pair made it clear they would not answer any questions on the issue.
Spanish publication El Diario.es reported on Friday that a protected witness in the investigation into a notorious pornographer implicated De Gea, Bilbao's Iker Munian and another unnamed player in a sexual abuse scandal that took place in 2012. The woman said the United custodian was responsible for arranging the encounter with the two players through Ignacio Allende Fernández, commonly known as 'Torbe' in Spain, adding that she was forced to have sexual intercourse with the pair.
El Confidencial later said sources close to the police named Isco in connection with the case, but did not specify the role of the Real Madrid midfielder.
Torbe has been in prison since April awaiting charges of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual assault, child pornography, prostitution, extortion, money laundering and crimes against public health.
AS and Marca both reported that De Gea was expected to give comment in a Friday evening press conference from the Spanish camp. However, Bellerin and Aduriz appeared as scheduled, with the intention of discussing their opening Euro 2016 game against the Czech Republic.
When questioned about the De Gea situation by reporters, both Aduriz and Bellerin refused to make comments.
Aduriz said: "I will say this once. We see him perfectly. We are not going to talk about it so this will be the last question about it. We will not talk about it.
Bellerin, meanwhile, added: "As Aduriz has said we are not going to discuss the issue at all."
A Spanish press officer later stepped in to warn journalists about any other questions regarding the issue, after another reporter asked if the scandal would hurt the national team's bid to win a third consecutive European Championship.
El Diaros.es and IBTimesUK have sought comment from De Gea's representatives but received no response as of press time.