Spain camp rocked by de Gea news

Manchester United custodian David de Gea was expected to be Spain's starting goalkeeper in Euro 2016.
Manchester United custodian David de Gea was expected to be Spain's starting goalkeeper in Euro 2016. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

PARIS • David de Gea's participation at Euro 2016 was thrown into doubt late last night.

British newspaper Independent reported that the Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper was set to be sent home.

This, following news that he allegedly organised a 2012 party between a prostitute and a couple of players. A woman claimed she was sexually assaulted at the event.

Another British paper, the Daily Express, claimed that the shot stopper has been named as a potential witness in the case. But he has not been implicated in the incident.

The news has rocked the Spain camp. While Porto's Iker Casillas, 35, has been the country's first-choice goalkeeper since 2002, de Gea played in Tuesday's 0-1 home loss to Georgia, Spain's final warm-up.

De Gea had also looked set for the No. 1 spot after another solid season for United.

The 25-year-old has made nine appearances for Spain but started in only three Euro 2016 qualifiers for the two-time defending champions.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'Spain camp rocked by de Gea news'. Print Edition | Subscribe