Sao Paulo, June 14 (AP/UNB) — Brazilian soccer star Neymar spent about five hours at a police station Thursday to undergo questioning about rape allegations against him, one of the final steps in the investigation.
Prosecutor Flavia Merlini told journalists that the player "denies the accusations and responded (to questions) in a satisfactory way."
The woman who has accused him of raping her at a Paris hotel last month already spoke with police in Sao Paulo, which is where she filed her complaint.
Neymar was accompanied by his lawyers to the meeting Thursday.
"He answered all the questions," Merlini said. "From now on the investigator will take other necessary measures until the conclusion of the probe. Since the probe is secret, we cannot tell about those measures."
The lead investigator, Juliana Bussacos, will consider whether the evidence supports the filing of a rape charge, a physical violence charge or both. If she decided charges should be made, she would forward her recommendation to the prosecutor's office, which would make the final decision.
Just before departing in the evening, Neymar said, "The truth appears, sooner or later." He also thanked fans for their support.
Wearing a black suit, the player was using crutches because of an injured right ankle when he arrived at the station at midafternoon. Investigator Juliana Bussacos met him at the entrance amid a media frenzy while a crowd of nearly 200 fans cheered the 27-year-old Neymar, who is Brazil's most recognizable player.
The player is being investigated separately in Rio de Janeiro for publishing images of his accuser on social media without her authorization.
The Associated Press doesn't name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which 26-year-old model Najila Trindade did in interviews with Brazilian television.
Also Thursday, Trindade reported that she had picked her fourth lawyer to handle the case. The previous three decided to leave the case.
Neymar's jet flew into Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport and he was driven to the police station in a black van. The player came from his mansion in the city of Mangaratiba, outside Rio de Janeiro.
Mexico City, June 14 (AP/UNB) — Citing medical reasons, former soccer star Diego Maradona stepped down as coach of the Sinaloa Dorados of Mexico's second division Thursday.
The 58-year-old Maradona took over in September and took the team that was near the bottom in the standings to consecutive final series in the Apertura 2018 and Clausura 2019 tournaments.
Both times, the team fell to Atletico San Luis, which reached the top flight.
"Diego Maradona decided to not continue as the head coach of Dorados," Maradona's manager, Matias Morla, said on his Twitter account. "On medical advice he will dedicate time to his health and will have two surgeries: in the shoulder and knee. We are thankful with the Dorados family and will continue the dream together in the future."
In January, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in Argentina suffering from stomach bleeding, just a few days before returning to Mexico for his second season with Dorados.
Maradona's orthopedic surgeon, German Ochoa, said earlier this year that the former soccer star has no cartilage left in his knees due to severe osteoarthritis and will need prostheses.
"Together we shocked the world. We showed that soccer is all about passion and heart, you will always be a Dorado, thanks for everything Diego," the club tweeted. "Get well and we'll see you soon."
Maradona is one of the most recognizable names in international soccer, having led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup championship in Mexico with his infamous "Hand of God" goal.
His arrival to Sinaloa, considered the heartland of drug-trafficking in Mexico raised eyebrows due to Maradona's troubles with addictions in the past. But in his nine month-stint in Mexico he never got into trouble outside the pitch and led his team close to the first division.
"I was on the brink of dead, to me, this ... is nothing", said Maradona after losing the Clausura finals. "I'm just sad for the guys on the team."
Dhaka, June 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh spin coach Sunil Joshi has applauded Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh spin attack for their outstanding performance in the World Cup, saying they are doing their job properly.
Bangladesh have played four matches in the World Cup so far, and won one of them. They ended on the losing side in two games, and the other one against Sri Lanka was washed out due to rain. The Tigers are now keen to find their winning streak back on June 17 when they will face West Indies. Before heading to that game, Joshi applauded Bangladesh’s spin department.
“As the spin coach of Bangladesh, I’m really happy for their inspiring performance. Shakib (Al Hasan) is our best spinner. He has been doing well. At the same time, Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) and Mosaddek (Hossain) are also doing fine in the middle,” Joshi told the media on Thursday.
Bangladesh spin department might face a stiff challenge against the Caribbean batting line when they will take on them on June 17. However, Joshi believes Bangladeshi spinners are upbeat to take the challenge.
“Not just for us, I think this is (facing West Indies) a big challenge for all of the other bowlers also. Our spinners did really well whenever they have faced a rigid challenge,” Joshi further added.
Both of Shakib and Miraz bowled 30 overs in the World Cup so far and conceded 168 and 158 runs respective at the averages of 5.60 and 5.26. Miraz took five wickets while Shakib bagged three. Mosaddek, on the other hand, bowled 16 overs and took two wickets conceding 95 runs.
Before heading to the next game, Bangladesh can find a truckload of confidence from their tri-series triumph in Ireland where they beat West Indies three times to clinch the title.
Dhaka, Jun 13 (UNB)-Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Thursday signed one-year contract with three English coaches for its football academy started in Beraid area of the capital aiming to train the country’s young booters advanced skills and tactics.
Andrew Peter Turner, who played in the English Premier League for 13 years, has joined the academy as the Lead Coach while Robert Marin Ryles as the National Youth Coach and Robert Andrew Mimms as the Goalkeeping Coach.
The newly appointed three coaches shared work plans with the pressmen during a press briefing and contract signing ceremony at the BFF house on Thursday.
BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag and BFF Technical and Strategic Director Paul Smalley were also present on the occasion.
As per their plans, the coaches will work with some 61 age-level players in the academy before the SAFF U-15 and U-18 Championships and AFC U-16 and U-19 Championships Qualifiers this year.
BFF Technical and Strategic Director Paul Smalley said that the coaches have the top ranking qualification to train the footballers.
All the coaches have UEFA-‘A’ license and have vast experiences to work with different professional clubs and national teams in their respective fields.
Dhaka, Jun 13 (UNB)- Former England Captain Michael Vaughan praised Australian captain Aaron Finch calling him the best captain of the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup’2019 as Australia earned their third win in the mega event beating Pakistan by 41 runs at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday.
Vaughan praised Finch's rotation of bowlers and brave decision-making.
Taking to BBC, Vaughan said, "I have to say Aaron Finch, so far in this tournament (World Cup), is the best captain tactically."
"I think he maneuvered his team against the West Indies well to win that game. And just over the last hour (against Pakistan), when it started to get a little bit panicky for Australia, he maneuvered his bowling attack, knowing that he had to get these overs of spin [in]," the former English captain added.
In the match, Pakistan needed 44 runs to win from 35 balls with three wickets in hand. At that time captain Finch brought his key bowler Mitchell Starc.
Starc produced two breakthroughs by removing Wahab Riaz (45) and Mohammad Amir (0) in the 45th over to give Australia the upper hand.
With just four leading fast bowlers to choose from along with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Finch was even forced to bowl two overs of spin himself during the innings, a move that produced the key wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, just the fourth of his ODI career.
"He got a lot of things right in the field, in terms of squeezing at the right time, putting the catchers in at the right time and then spreading them out when a partnership started to develop. I thought he was outstanding as a captain," Michael Vaughan added.