“We urge a full and transparent investigation” into the accusations, a spokeswoman for the EU’s diplomatic service informed AFP on Wednesday.
Peng, a 35-year-old Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, was not seen for greater than two weeks following her allegations that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli, now in his 70s, compelled her into intercourse throughout a years-long on-off relationship.
On Sunday, official pictures of a Beijing tennis event confirmed Peng amongst attendees, and he or she participated the identical day in a video name with the top of the International Olympic Committee.
Last week, a Chinese state-run media outlet printed what it stated was a screenshot of an e-mail by Peng which said that the accusations made by tennis star had been “not true” and that “everything is fine” together with her.
“We have seen Peng Shuai’s presumed remarks and footage from her public appearance. However, the reports, both about the allegations of abuse and the fact that she had not been seen for two weeks, remain very worrying,” the EU spokeswoman, Nabila Massrali, stated in a press release to AFP.
“We are not in a position to comment on the allegations themselves, but we urge a full and transparent investigation,” she stated.
The United Nations, the United States and Britain have all additionally referred to as for proof of Peng’s whereabouts and well-being.
China’s overseas ministry reacted on Tuesday by saying that “people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping up” the controversy round Peng.
But Massrali stated “the requests for reliable information are legitimate and remain”.
She stated: “We still call on the Chinese government to provide independent and verifiable proof of her well-being and whereabouts.”