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Brazil indicts model over rape allegation against Neymar

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sao Paulo police say they are indicting Brazilian model Najila Trindade and her former partner over her rape allegation against soccer star Neymar.

Police said Tuesday they indicted the model for procedural fraud, slanderous denunciation and extortion.

Her former partner Estivens Alves is accused of disclosing erotic content, which was then published online.

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Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May. Neymar denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual.

Prosecutors officially closed the investigation against Neymar earlier this month, citing a lack of evidence against him.

The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in several interviews.

VIDEO: Puskas Award worthy goal scored in Brazilian Serie A

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This year’s Puskas Award has yet to be presented, but that didn’t stop next year’s version from finding a future home in Brazil.

On Saturday, Ceará’s forward Leandro Carvalho experienced a moment unlike any other against Corinthians, scoring the rare “olympic goal” with the outside of his foot.

The goal – one that is hands-down magnificent enough to be recognized as the Goal of the Year – was scored in stoppage time by the 24-year-old, which gave his side a dramatic draw.

This type of technique, precision and execution only comes around so often:

PSG, Barcelona making progress on Neymar sale

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Paris Saint-Germain have told Barcelona what they want to sell Neymar.

Officials from the two clubs continue to negotiate in Paris, and French outlet Le Parisien claim that PSG want Ousmane Dembele, Nelson Semedo and $122 million to sell Neymar.

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The Brazilian superstar, 27, wants out of PSG and hasn’t featured for them yet this season due to many reasons. The transfer window closes next Monday, Sept. 2, in Spain and France, so things need to get going if Neymar is going to return to Spain.

In recent months PSG’s fans have turned against Neymar as he has made his intentions clear to leave not only over the summer, but also at the end of last season as several incidents off the pitch led to his suspension from the domestic and European scene to start this season.

Despite those issues and serious injuries over the last two seasons at PSG, Neymar has scored 51 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions and has stay focused on the pitch. He’s failed to take PSG past the last eight of the UEFA Champions League, which was his main aim, and even though many will call his time in Paris a failure, it’s tough to argue he hasn’t given his all on the pitch.

Neymar has been chased by Real Madrid and Barca all summer long and his preference has always seemed to be a return to Barcelona, where he spent four seasons from 2013-17 and won everything the game has to offer.

With Messi and Luis Suarez both 32, Neymar could see this as his big chance to return to Barcelona and be the main man in the attack alongside Antoine Griezmann for the next five to six seasons. Alongside Messi and Suarez, he was sensational during the 2014-15 campaign as they won the treble and demolished Juventus in the Champions League final in Berlin.

Barcelona have spent big this summer to rebuild their squad and Neymar would be the icing on the cake.

He upset many fans and officials when he left the Nou Camp in 2017 in a world-record transfer to PSG, but Neymar does appear to favor a move back to the Catalan club and they are also keen on bringing him back.

Especially if that means bitter rivals Real Madrid don’t sign him.

Brazilian ref becomes second to stop game for homophobic chanting

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Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco became the second official this month to halt a game due to homophobic chanting by fans.

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Vasco da Gama were playing host to Sao Paulo in a Brazilian first-division fixture when Daronco stopped the game and asked Vasco manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo to ask the home fans to stop the chanting.

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The rule by which referees are now empowered to stop games due to homophobic abuse came down from FIFA this summer, though the new guideline was initially intended to act as a tool against racist abuse occurring inside stadiums.

Not even two weeks ago, French referee Mehdi Mokhtari stopped a Ligue 2 game between Nancy and Le Mans due to homophobic chanting. The stoppage lasted “about a minute” before the game eventually resumed. Mokhtari was applauded by French sports ministers of all levels for his handling of the situation.

Report: PSG reject wild offer from Real Madrid for Neymar

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A report from L’Equipe claims that Paris Saint-Germain have rejected a monster offer from Real Madrid for Neymar.

Real are said to have offered $110 million for Neymar, plus James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas. Why would PSG turn this down!?

Another report from Guillem Balague says that new Real signing Luka Jovic is wanted by PSG as a part of the deal, along with Navas and one other player, plus cash.

Expect this to rumble on in the coming days.

Neymar, 27, doesn’t want to be in the French capital anymore and both Real and Barcelona are pushing hard to sign the Brazilian superstar ahead of the European transfer window closing on Sept. 2.

The deal which PSG just rejected is likely to be the best one they will receive. Bale and James would start for PSG and freshen up their forward line, as Edinson Cavani looks likely to be on his way out in the next 12 months. While Navas will compete to be their starting goalkeeper right away.

Of course, the wages of three players compared to one would be something PSG have to factor into this deal, but most of the $110 million transfer fee could go towards the salaries and Neymar earns close to $1.1 million a week at PSG anyway, so getting him off the wage bill will be a relief.

PSG don’t appear to want to sell the wantaway star, but why should they keep him? PSG’s fans have turned against Neymar as he has made his intentions clear not only over the summer but at the end of last season as several incidents off the pitch led to his suspension from the domestic and European scene to start this season.

Injuries haven’t been kind to Neymar since his arrival at PSG for a world-record $246 million fee in the summer of 2017, but he hasn’t endeared himself to their fans at all.