Azkals deny rape allegations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2011 03:52 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2011 11:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals find themselves in the midst of controversy as 4 members of the team are being accused of rape.

A tabloid report from a certain Paul Weiler is making its rounds in the Internet. Weiler is accusing 4 Azkals of raping a woman in the house of team manager Dan Palami.

The 4 Azkals being accused by Weiler are Neil Etheridge, Anton del Rosario, Simon Greatwich and Jason Sabio.

But the Azkals are denying the allegations.

"I've heard a lot of rumors and speculations, that this person (Weiler) is trying to get back at the team because we had a fallout while we were in Germany," said Jason Sabio. "I don't know the full story, they’re all just rumors."

Anton del Rosario added that the Azkals management is investigating the issue.

"We're all trying to figure out where (the rumor) came from," he said.

Simon Greatwich said he was disappointed that people were trying to bring down the team.

"We have a big game ahead of us and these distractions are not helping," Greatwich said.

All 3 players said that they will remain focused on their upcoming game against Kuwait.

"We're trying to focus on the game ahead of us and that’s what’s more important than anything else," del Rosario said. -- With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News