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Brazilian court upholds seizure of Ronaldinho’s passport

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A court in Brazil has upheld a decision to seize the passports of former World Cup winner Ronaldinho and his brother Assis Moreira.

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A panel of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that the former Barcelona star should not be allowed to travel because of an ongoing lawsuit over alleged environmental crimes.

Ronaldinho can still appeal the decision. His passport was seized in November because of unpaid damages of $2.1 million in the case.

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The suit is related to the illegal construction of a fishing platform and a berth on the shores of the Guaiba river in his hometown of Porto Alegre in 2015.

Ronaldinho did not have the environmental license to build in the region.

Brazilian club admits team doctors caused players’ failed doping tests

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SAO PAULO (AP) Brazilian club Athletico has admitted two of its players tested positive for doping because of medication from its own staff.

Club president Mario Celso Petraglia said in a news conference on Monday that defender Thiago Heleno and midfielder Camacho were given higenamine, a supplement for weight loss forbidden by doping authorities.

CONMEBOL has already suspended Heleno. Camacho was preemptively suspended from club activities.

Petraglia said the players were victims, and promised an internal investigation.

“This is one of the worst moments in my two decades at this club. Our culture is of not exposing our athletes,” he said.

Based in the southern city of Curitiba, Athletico holds the Copa Sudamericana, title.

Neymar banned after he hit a fan

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Neymar has been banned, again, as the Brazilian has continued to lash out literally and figuratively.

Paris Saint-Germain’s forward has been handed a three-game ban (with a further two suspended) after he hit a fan following their French Cup final defeat to Rennes. PSG will appeal the decision, but Neymar is now getting a reputation as someone who is bringing the law into their own hands.

Neymar, 27, reacted to a fan coming close to him as he walked up the steps in the Stade de France, and struck the supporter in the face.

His manager, Thomas Tuchel, condemned Neymar’s actions and after a lengthy spell out with a foot injury this season, things are starting to turn sour for the former Barcelona star.

This latest incident comes hot on the heels of Neymar being handed a three-game ban by UEFA for next season, after his abusive comments towards match officials following PSG’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 defeat to Manchester United in March.

All in all, it appears Neymar is doing everything he can to fall out with pretty much everyone in Ligue 1 and at Paris Saint-Germain. I wonder why that could be?

Those ‘Neymar to Real Madrid’ rumors aren’t going to disappear anytime soon…

Report: Arsenal to hire former midfielder Edu as sporting director

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Arsenal looks set to bring back an old club favorite to fill a key front office opening.

According to reports out of Brazil, Arsenal are set to hire former midfielder Edu Gaspar, commonly referred to as Edu, as the team’s new sporting director. The position had been open since the departure of Sven Mislintat earlier this season. Edu is currently the technical coordinator for the Brazilian Men’s National Team, and reportedly in the past has worked as a sporting director for his boyhood club, Corinthians.

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Edu played four seasons at Arsenal, from 2001 through 2005, and played a key role in Arsenal’s Invincibles era, especially the undefeated 2003-2004 season.

On its face, the move is a smart one for Arsenal. The Gunners are desperate to return to its old glory and there’s nothing better than bringing in a person who understands what it means to play for the club. In addition, with Edu’s long career in England and Spain, he’s surely developed plenty of contacts that can help him in making new signings and scouting potential new stars.

Additionally, he still speaks English and along with Spanish from his time in Valencia and his native Portuguese, he can cover a large swath of potential talent.

On the down side, Edu has reportedly said he won’t take over at Arsenal until after the Copa America. The Copa America is scheduled to run from June 14 through July 7, meaning that Edu likely wouldn’t join Arsenal officially until after the transfer window would open, giving him precious few weeks to make signings this summer.

Additionally, Brazil is considered one of the favorites for the Copa America on home soil, and anything short of a title will be a disappointment. As such, there is plenty of pressure on him and the coaching staff to make sure they pick the right 23-man squad.

With Edu not joining until late, it could mean that Arsenal manager Unai Emery may have to make many early summer transfer moves on his own.

VIDEO: Neymar punches fan in altercation after PSG’s cup final defeat

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Neymar isn’t having a great week. And it appears he is doing his best to not play for Paris Saint-Germain again.

Following PSG’s defeat on penalty kicks to Rennes in the French Cup final on Saturday, Neymar was shown walking up the stairs with his teammates to collect his runners up medal.

A fan then walked towards Neymar and words were exchanged, which resulted in the Brazilian superstar throwing a punch and connecting with the individual. Le Equipe say that the fan has made an official complaint about the punch from Neymar, while it is believed that the fan insulted both Gianluigi Buffon and Neymar.

Below is the incident in question, from two angles, as on Friday Neymar was banned for the opening three games of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League season after being found guilty of verbally abusing officials.

This punch coupled with the ban and his comments that he’d like to play with Eden Hazard all points to one thing: Neymar wants out at PSG.

With injuries keeping him out for a large chunk of last season and this season, it appears Neymar may have played his final game for Les Parisiens.