Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Willian to replace Neymar in Brazil’s Copa America squad

Willian to replace Neymar in Brazil’s Copa America squad

Neymar will miss the 2019 Copa America on home soil after rupturing a ligament in his ankle during Brazil's 2-0 friendly win over Qatar.

He is now facing a police investigation in Brazil after publishing intimate pictures of the alleged victim within the social media video.

Following media reports on the accusations this week, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, denying the accusations and saying he was a victim of extortion.

The complaint alleges the Brazilian worldwide raped her in a Paris hotel room on May 15.

A Brazilian woman accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month.

Brazil open the South American tournament next Friday against Bolivia in Sao Paulo. "We have full confidence that we will prove my client is innocent", his lawyer Maira Freita said.

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She told the SBT channel that Neymar became aggressive after she refused to have unprotected sex with him. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room, the report said.

After some kissing and caressing "he started to hit me... then he began to hurt me a lot, and I asked him to stop because it hurt".

A video emerged on social media on Thursday night that appears to show Neymar and his accuser in a physical altercation.

A 26-year-old model who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel testified to Sao Paulo police for about six hours Friday, days after giving two television interviews detailing her allegations.

"I wish you a good and fast recovery", Bolsonaro said on Instagram beneath a photo of him and Neymar.

Neymar left the ground in tears as he was carried down the tunnel in the first half before the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed the PSG star's absence from the Copa America, which gets underway on June 14. His latest blow comes after he was stripped of the Brazil captaincy for "disciplinary reasons" and mere months after a seperate serious injury.

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