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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.

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.

Dani Alves returns to boyhood club Sao Paulo

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SAO PAULO (AP) Veteran Brazilian right back Dani Alves signed a free transfer deal to play for his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC.

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The club announced the move Thursday in a video with the 36-year-old former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender.

Brazilian media reports the deal is valid until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“I could have chosen anywhere to play, but I chose to return to Brazil,” the right-back said. “It is unreal, but I am here.”

Alves’s contract with PSG expired in July. The Brazilian said then he would like to remain in European soccer.

The right-back was Brazil’s captain in the latest Copa America title winning campaign. He was also voted by organizers as the best player of the tournament.

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Sao Paulo is in fifth position in the Brazilian championship after 12 matches, eight points behind leaders Santos.

Alves has lifted astonishing 40 trophies in his professional career and is still very fit.

He played all 90 minutes in several matches of the latest Copa America. The defender recently said he considers moving to the midfield to extend his career.

Alves has not played since Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru in the Copa America final on July 7 at the Maracana Stadium.

Sao Paulo said the defender should be introduced to fans next week.

Report: Big decision coming for Kaka

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One of Major League Soccer’s highest-profile Designated Players could be leaving the league this winter.

In an interview with Brazilian publication Globo Esporte, Orlando City SC star Kaka revealed he’s considering three options this winter: Extend his stay in Orlando, move to Sao Paulo FC, or retire.

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“(When I) finish a game you feel a lot of pain, the body begins to feel, so it’s not so much more pleasure,” Kaka said. “A kid plays today and tomorrow again. I’m 35, it takes longer to recover, it’s another rhythm. You feel the time is coming.”

Kaka has previously said that he would be open to signing a new contract with his current $6.6 million per year deal ending this December. He’s currently one of the highest paid players in MLS. Kaka’s scored six goals and added 4 assists in 22 games, but he’s missed time due to injury and Orlando City has already been eliminated from playoff contention for the third-straight season.

If he does retire, Kaka said he’d like to follow Zinedine Zidane’s example. Take a year off and then get into coaching.

“He paused, took a break, saw even if it was really what he loved, studied, took a course, started on the basis of category,” Kaka said. “I’m more on that side as well. Now, some people think you’re ready.”

Kaka’s signing marked another major notch on MLS’ belt in terms of bringing high-profile stars to the league, but he hasn’t been able to have the impact many in Orlando had hoped for. He’s accumulated 25 goals and 19 assists in 76 games in all competitions, but missing the playoffs three-straight years has been tough for fans to swallow, especially with the first-year success of Atlanta United this year as well as Seattle’s second-half turnaround to the title last year.

It would be fitting for Kaka to finish his career in Sao Paulo, where it all started. But it’s likely that if Kaka becomes a coach, we could see him again in the U.S. earning his way up as Patrick Vieira is doing now.

42-year-old goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni continues his record goalscoring tally with 126

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There’s goalkeepers, and then there’s Rogerio Ceni.

The world’s highest scoring goalkeeper is still churning out goals at 42 years young, and the most recent came this weekend – his 126th career goal.

Playing for Sao Paulo since 1993, Ceni has made 1202 appearances for the Brazilian giants, and he flat out continues to produce. He has picked up huge milestones in the past three years, most notably owning the records for most appearances with one club, most wins with one club, and most goals scored by a goalkeeper.

Speaking of goals, here’s the one he scored yesterday in the 52nd minute to open the scoring of a 3-0 win over Luninese. Yep, this goal happened less than 24 hours ago and those feet are 42 years old. Trust me, it’s true.

Nearly every one of his career goals have come on set-pieces, with over 60 penalty goals and over 60 free-kick scores. A set-piece master with a free-kick goal and a clean sheet at 42 years old. Simply amazing.