Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has offered his support to Neymar as the Paris Saint-Germain forward faces allegations of sexual assault – allegations that the player strenuously denies.Sao Paulo police recently confirmed to Goal that there has been a complaint made against the player from a Brazilian woman he met in Paris.The police would not discuss details of the ongoing case, which was filed by a woman on May 31. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Brazilian outlet UOL was the first to report the accusations and claim statements made to authorities are being kept confidential.Neymar’s camp maintains the 27-year-old’s innocence, stating that he was the target of a blackmail attempt.In addition, the player’s father believes WhatsApp messages sent to his son’s phone from the alleged victim will be used to help clear his name.Bolsonaro, a controversial figure, has also positioned himself on the side of Neymar, stating that he hopes to embrace the Selecao striker on Wednesday evening and offer his support.“I hope to give Neymar a hug before the match,” Bolsonaro said at a farmers’ event in Goais state, not far from where Brazil will face Qatar in a pre-Copa America friendly on Wednesday. “He’s a boy. He’s in a difficult moment but I believe him.”The president also singled out one of Brazil’s most popular news outlets, Folha de S.Paulo, for their coverage of the allegations levelled at Neymar, accusing the publication of reaching conclusions before knowing all of the facts involved.“You [Folha de S.Paulo reporter] are judging Neymar, Folha de S.Paulo is already judging Neymar as it has always judged me all this time. The woman crosses the continent, many things happen and then she came back to Brazil.“Tonight we are all together to score two goals at the Mane Garrincha [Stadium].”Neymar himself spoke ahead of the match, thanking fans for their support ahead of what he described as potentially the most difficult match of his life.“I just want to thank God, my family, my friends and all those who sent positive messages so that I could stay balanced and focused,” he wrote on Instagram. “I never felt so loved by you all, thank you. “Today I have one of the most difficult matches of my career, if not the most (given the circumstances). ‘The joy of the lord is our strength’.”Brazil’s national team set-up will be keen to move on from the allegations quickly with the Copa America starting next week.The former Barcelona star is part of a Brazil team that will be hoping to triumph in a tournament they have failed to even reach the semi-finals for since 2007, which they won under Dunga.
President-elect Donald Trump stands with SoftBank Group Corp. founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 6, 2016. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON NEW YORK—President-elect Donald Trump turned businessman-in-chief on Dec. 6, demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company’s commitment to invest billions in the U.S.Six weeks before taking office, Trump is telegraphing that he’ll take an interventionist role in the nation’s economy, as well as play showman when he sees a chance. The former celebrity businessman’s declaration about Air Force One caused manufacturer Boeing’s stock to drop temporarily and raised fresh questions about how his administration—not to mention his Twitter volleys—could affect the economy.“The plane is totally out of control,” Trump told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower. “I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.” Earlier he had tweeted that the deal’s costs were “out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”Not long after his first appearance, Trump returned to the lobby with Masayoshi Son, the CEO of SoftBank, a massive telecommunications company that counts Sprint among its holdings. Trump pointed proudly to Son’s commitment to invest $50 billion in the United States, which Trump said could create 50,000 jobs. President-elect Donald Trump pauses with Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, at Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 6, 2016. Trump announced that SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Trump, who also tweeted the deal, shook Son’s hand and posed for photos, reveling as he had last week when he toured a Carrier plant in Indiana where he said he had instigated an agreement that will preserve about 1,000 jobs the appliance maker had planned to move to Mexico. As for Air Force One, the government has contracted with Boeing to build two new planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump might never fly on the aircraft built carry U.S. presidents around the globe.The Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the aging current Boeing 747s are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape. The contract for developing and building new planes was to be about $3 billion, but costs have been reported to be rising.The General Accountability Office estimated in March that about $2 billion of the total—for work between 2010 and 2020—was for research and development, not the actual planes. The $4 billion figure Trump cited appears to include operation and maintenance as well.Trump began his onslaught against Boeing at 8:52 a.m., tweeting “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016That tweet came 22 minutes after The Chicago Tribune posted a story in which the Boeing CEO voiced concerns about Trump’s views on trade.The president-elect then descended to the lobby of the Manhattan skyscraper that bears his name to reiterate his case.Trump had tweeted in 2013 that he owned Boeing stock, but a spokesman said Tuesday he sold all of his stock holdings in June. That sale was not publicized by the campaign at the time, and aides did not reveal how much cash it might have generated.If Trump had held onto his stock portfolio, he would have been required to repeatedly file reports with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. A 2012 update of the Ethics in Government Act obliges presidents and other senior government officials to report such transactions. Air force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, prepares to take off from Andrews Air Force Base, Md. on Dec. 6, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump wants the government’s contract for a new Air Force One canceled. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Boeing responded to Trump Tuesday in a statement: “We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the president of the United States. We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer.”The $170 million figure is just for a portion of the research and development efforts.Trump now uses his own plane, a Boeing 757, which he has outfitted with white leather and gold, a large flat-screen television and a bedroom. But as president it is expected that he would travel aboard the Air Force jet, which is equipped with special safety, defensive and communications equipment. Air Force One also has seating for reporters; Trump generally does not allow the press on his own plane.Related CoverageQ&A: A Look at Trump’s Call to Cancel New Air Force OneLate Tuesday, Trump will be using his own 757 to travel to the second stop of his post-election “thank you” tour, in North Carolina, less than a week after an Ohio appearance that felt more like a raucous campaign stop than a traditional speech by a president-to-be.Retired Gen. James Mattis, who Trump announced as his pick for secretary of defense, at last week’s rally, is to appear with Trump at the evening event in Fayetteville.Later this week there will be rallies in Iowa and Michigan. And on Saturday, Trump will attend the 117th annual Army-Navy football game. The game between the two military academies often draws the commander in chief; both Barack Obama and George W. Bush have attended in recent years.Before leaving for North Carolina Tuesday, Trump held a number of meetings in New York, including with Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who was meeting about a diplomatic post, and radio host Laura Ingraham who is being considered for press secretary. Share US Trump Gets Down to Business on Air Force One, SoftBank By The Associated Press December 6, 2016 Updated: December 6, 2016 Share this article Show Discussion
Chelsea have their work cut out in the Club World Cup final in Japan.Brazilian side Corinthians, roared on by more than 20,000 supporters, put them under plenty of pressure in the first half.The European champions, with the fit-again Frank Lampard restored as captain and David Luiz back in the centre of defence, almost went ahead when Gary Cahill’s close-range shot was stopped on the line by keeper Cassio.An error by Cahill then handed a chance to Emerson, who fired wastefully over.And Chelsea had another let-off when Paolo Guerrero wriggled away from Cahill and Luiz before mis-hitting a shot towards Emerson, whose effort from a tight angle struck the outside of the post.But Chelsea finished the half strongly and Cassio had to produce good saves to deny Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and Juan Mata.Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Oscar, Mikel, Ferreira, Marin, Sturridge, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Piazon, Saville, Hilario.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAINTS battled to a thrilling 22-22 draw against Hull FC at Langtree Park.A Josh Jones’ try with half an hour remaining looked to have settled a classic contest only for the visitors to almost pull off a shock comeback.The home side deservedly led 16-12 at half time thanks to tries from Anthony Laffranchi, Francis Meli and Jordan Turner.It was a 40 minutes of guile and craft; the home side looking good with ball in hand but suffering through errors in their own half.Hull forged ahead through Jason Crookes – Shannon McDonnell adding a late try.Saints had the better of the opening stages of the second half with Jones’ try, but an injury to captain Paul Wellens forced a reshuffle and sparked Hull’s comeback.Two missed drop goals from Hull and Saints’ rearguard action ensuring the points were shared.Alex Walmsley made his Saints’ debut off the bench whilst James Roby returned in place of the injured Lance Hohaia.Hull were unchanged from the side that beat Bradford last weekend and that continuity showed as they got off to the best possible start.After a real battle in the forwards they forced a Saints’ error and profited for the opening score.Great handling saw the ball fly right and Jason Crookes plunged over. Daniel Holdsworth converting.Saints ensured parity almost immediately. A high ball from Lee Gaskell caused panic; the ball was recycled and James Roby flicked it back for Anthony Laffranchi to cross.Gaskell tagging the extras.Buoyed, Saints came again and another high ball caused mayhem in the Hull defence.Jon Wilkin’s high ball had McDonnell scrambling and moments later fast, slick passing saw Francis Meli grab his third of the season.Gaskell firing it off the touchline for 12-6.With less than 15 minutes to go Tommy Makinson defended a kick to the corner he had no right to get to – conceding a drop out.But Saints defended the set and then turned that hard work into points. Two penalties got them down the field and Jordan Turner showed all his strength and power to force his way over.Hull pulled one back through McDonnell and almost got in again after a number of errors and repeat sets.Saints began the second half on the front foot battering Hull’s line and consistently pinging them back with some tough tackling.And it was that defence that was converted into more points. This time Tony Puletua held up the ball just long enough for Jonny Lomax to combine with Lee Gaskell to send in Josh Jones.Gaskell tagging on his third two-pointer of the evening.Tom Briscoe replied when another kick to the corner wasn’t cleared – goaled by Holdsworth – and then had another sustained period of pressure on Saints’ line.A knock on blew one chance but it was one penalty too many for the home side and more sets to defend.Hull crossed but a forward pass denied the four-pointer.Saints defended three more sets on their line but on the fourth – after a bizarre scrum call – Richard Whiting put them level.It was an awful call after a blatant knock on – but the conversion was missed and Saints lived to fight another day.Hull tried a drop goal from 45 metres that just missed and another from 30 that Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook just about did enough to make it miss.Saints had 60 seconds to set up a chance of their own but it was too much of an ask.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Laffranchi, Meli, Turner, JonesGoals: Gaskell (3 from 4)Hull FC:Tries: Crookes, McDonnell, Briscoe, WhitingGoals: Holdsworth (3 from 3)Penalties:Saints: 9Hull FC: 5HT: 16-12FT: 22-22REF: Ben ThalerATT:Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 20. Lee Gaskell, 7. Jonny Lomax; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan. 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley.Hull FC:1. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Jason Crookes, 3. Ben Crooks, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 16. Richard Horne; 8. Mark O’Meley, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Andy Lynch, 15. Ben Galea, 21. Chris Green, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 14. Richard Whiting, 19. Jay Pitts, 20. Paul Johnson, 33. Aaron Heremaia.