Ronaldinho finally released after spending five months in detention over a forged passport in Paraguay


Talented Brazilian footballer, Ronaldinho,has been released from jail after spending five months in Paraguayan detention over a forged passport.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who also had been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, for the same charge.

The 40-year-old former World Cup winner “is free to travel to whatever country in the world he wants but he must inform us if he changes his permanent residence” for a period of one year, the judge said

“He has no restrictions except for the fulfilment of reparations for damage to society.

Dressed in jeans, a black beret and black shirt, Ronaldinho accepted the terms of his release, which include payment of $90,000 damages. His brother, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager, must pay $110,000.

The pair are also expected to appear before a judge in Brazil every three months — Ronaldinho for a year and his brother for two.

The former Barcelona player was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, after they were accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports.

They spent a month behind bars before paying a $1.6 million bail and being released to house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic centre of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

Judge Gustavo Amarilla has fixed August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.

Prosecutors have submitted a proposal to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a $90,000 fine “to repair social damage” but be allowed to return home to Brazil where he would have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.

Ronaldinho denies having any knowledge the passports were fake.

His brother who allegedly knew about the false passports would have to pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years.

Prosecutors also asked for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.

The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in an event in support of disadvantaged children.

However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.

The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.

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Premier league champions Liverpool release new jerseys for 2020-21 season (photos)

After winning their first ever Premier League title in style, Liverpool will begin next season as newly-crowned champions with a brand-new kit produced by clothing giants, Nike.

Nike took over the new kit deal from previous suppliers New Balance, whose deal expired on July 31.

The Jersey will be first worn in the community shield clash between Liverpool and either Chelsea or Arsenal- depending on who wins the FA cup.

The five-year agreement with New Balance was set to expire on June 1, but due to Covid-19 disrupting the season and delaying the final games of the season, Nike’s partnership with the club will now begin on August 1.

Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC, said: “We said back in January, when we first announced the new partnership with Nike, about our expectations on them becoming an incredible partner for the club. We’re so excited to be starting this journey with Nike, the global leader in sports apparel, and we look forward to working together to bring performance and lifestyle product to our supporters in the years ahead.”

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Tottenham midfielder, Eric Dier banned for four matches and fined £40, 000 after jumping into crowd to confront a fan

England and Tottenham midfielder, Eric Dier has been banned for four matches and fined £40,000 for jumping into the crowd to confront a fan following his club’s FA Cup defeat to Norwich City.

The 26-year-old was left furious after a penalty shootout loss to the Canaries in their fifth-round tie at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in March. In an attempts to protect his brother who he noticed was being abused by an angry fan, he left the pitch and entered the stands.

There was no physical exchange between Dier and the angry fan, but the Football Association has now sanctioned the footballer who admitted his actions were ‘improper’ but denied that they were also ‘threatening.’

FA opted to punish Dier for a breach of rule E3.

It said in a statement:

Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3.

The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in the FA Cup on March 4, 2020, were improper but denied that they were also threatening.

“An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found Eric Dier’s actions to be threatening.”

The punishment rules Dier out from Spurs’ upcoming games against Bournemouth, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Leicester, and he will only be available for the club’s last game of the season against Crystal Palace.

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English-born Ghanaian footballer, Derrick Otim dies at 24 after drowning in a lake in the US

Derrick Otim who was an English-born Ghanaian footballer,

has died at the of 24 after he drowned in a lake in the US.

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder drowned on Friday, July 3, in Lake Keowee, South Carolina, according to reports.

In 2018, Lake Keowee was branded South Carolina’s “most deadly body of water” in a local news article which said 32 people had lost their lives there within 25 years.

Derrick Otim trained with Forest Academy, before moving to America for university four years ago.

He had recently graduated from Xavier University – and is claimed to have been visiting friends in South Carolina before his sudden death.

Tributes have been paid to the star player by Nottingham Forest FC and his former teammates, who described him as a ‘top lad.’

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Consultation ongoing on how we will end Nigerian football league season  – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that discussions are being held as to how to end the 2019-20 domestic league season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the body responsible for the management of the league, has suspended football activities since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and secretary to the federal government, early this month said the government had no plans to open sporting activities leading the League Management Company (LMC) to propose four options to end the league, including a point-per-game (PPG) method.

Club owners had to vote in favour of the PPG as Plateau United currently lead the NPFL table with 49 points from 25 games while Rivers United are second with 45 points, and both clubs are in the Caf Champions League spots.

17 chairmen of the Club Owners Association voted in favour of the PPG method agreeing clubs should not face promotion or relegation.

The NFF has now announced that football stakeholders in the country should be patient until they conclude their consultations as to how the league should end.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has declared that wide consultation is still ongoing as to the format and pattern of foreclosing the 2019/2020 Football Season, including that of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL,” read a statement from the NFF.

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I am the biological father of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, says ex-Ghanaian footballer

Former Ghanaian footballer, Micheal Boye Marquaye claims he is the biological father of Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford adding the English international has Ghanaian roots in a sensational claim.

The 65-year-old, based in the United Kingdom, claims he fathered the highly rated forward

Rashford is known to have been born to a Jamaican Joseph Rashford and Brit Melaine in Wythenshawe, Manchester in the UK.

But Boye Marquaye has told Accra based radio station, Starr FM that he is the real father of the forward, who has been capped 38 times by the Three Lions.

The former footballer is now challenging Jamaican Joseph Rashford as the biological father of the highly-rated forward.

It’s surprising why the 65-year-old has kept quiet all these years but he insisted that he is not doing so for monetary consideration and “wants to set the record straight that Rashford has Ghanaian roots.”

When asked why he is now coming out with this information,

Michael Boye Marquaye told Starr FM (as quoted by Marca that:

“Marcus Rashford is my son and he knows it although we haven’t seen each other for several years.

“Marcus was angry because he thinks I abandoned him, but that was not the case.

“I am not that type of person looking for an easy way to get money or becoming famous

“Many now are trying to come to me to try and get a new story, but I’m not that type of person who looks for an easy way to get money or become famous. I only wanted to make things clear and let the world know that Marcus Rashford has Ghanaian roots.”
Marcus Rashford has played for England at all age levels and currently a prominent member of the Three Lions.

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