Police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo said on Tuesday they had indicted the woman who accused soccer star Neymar of rape, charging her with fraud, extortion and slander, in what could be a major relief for the Paris Saint Germain striker.
The former Brazil captain was accused of raping Najila Trindade in a Paris hotel room in May, but he alleged the encounter was consensual and prosecutors said in August they were dropping the case against him due to a lack of evidence.
Sao Paulo state police also said in a statement on Tuesday they were indicting Trindade’s former husband, Estivens Alves, on fraud charges.
The BBC reported Trindade’s lawyer as saying the indictment had taken him by surprise and that his client rejected the accusations.
The case received worldwide attention and posed sponsorship headaches for Neymar, as well as hurting his international career.
The former Barcelona and Santos forward always denied the accusations against him and released private chats and lurid photos he had exchanged with Trindade.
Manchester United’s lean goalscoring form continued in a turgid 0-0 draw away to Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in their second Group L match in the Europa League on Thursday.
United never looked like scoring for most of the evening on the plastic surface of the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague and failed to produce one effort on target.
The hosts were playing 70 miles away from home because of a roof collapse at their AFAS Stadium last month, but their fans still produced a raucous atmosphere.
There was not too much to get excited about, however, with defences on top on the slick surface.
United will be happier with the point which puts them on four points from two games, level with Partizan Belgrade who won 2-1 in Astana in an earlier kickoff.
“The conditions were tough but I thought we did very well. It puts us in a good position,” Solskjaer, who had criticised the state of the artificial pitch in the build-up, said.
While United defended well, the paucity of their attacking options was again in evidence as their run without an away win in all competitions stretched to 10.
Solskjaer’s side have now failed to score more than one goal in a game since they began the season with a 4-0 thumping of Chelsea in the Premier League.
If any team looked like scoring it was Alkmaar for whom the lively Oussama Idrissi was the best attacking player on view.
Alkmaar striker Myron Boadu had a first-half goal ruled out for offside before Idrissi forced David de Gea into a sharp save. Idrissi skimmed an effort wide after the break and tested De Gea again with a powerful shot the keeper punched away.
United’s ambition was limited but they brought on Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay in the final quarter of the game to try and force a winner.
Rashford was denied what looked a blatant penalty 10 minutes from time when he appeared to be clipped by a sliding Stijn Wuytens after a sharp turn in the area.
Lingard, left out of the England squad earlier on Thursday, had United’s best effort with a dipping shot just wide soon after but worryingly for Solskjaer he limped off before the end.
One of the positives for United was an assured performance by Brandon Williams who made his first start at left back.
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Leicester City Football Club are delighted to confirm Yabo Sports as its official Club partner.
- LCFC confirm Yabo Sports as official Club partner
- Yabo Sports are one of Asia’s largest gaming companies
- The company’s brand will be displayed on the Club’s matchday LED advertising and interview backdrops
Yabo Sports – one of Asia’s largest gaming companies – will see their brand displayed on the Club’s matchday LED advertising and interview backdrops as they seek to benefit from the global coverage of LCFC and the Premier League.
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Dean Hawkes, CEO of Yabo Sports, said: “We are extremely proud to partner with Leicester City, a club who have an exciting style of football and proud history which has given them a strong and loyal global fanbase.
“The Premier League is the most popular and watched football league in the world and a league that enjoys an ever-growing global reach. We see this partnership with the Club forming a key part of our expanding sponsorship portfolio as we continue to grow our brand profile in key regional territories.”
Harj Hir, Head of Partnerships at Leicester City, said: “The moment we met Yabo Sports we were impressed by their enthusiasm and keenness to work with the Football Club.
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