Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 27th 2014 Contents Enchanting Neymar?
The cover of the latest issue of Brazilian Playboy
carries a photo of a stunning model posing sensu-
ously in a swimming suit with the headline: "Patricia
Jordane, the brunette that enchanted Neymar."
Apparently, she wasn't charming enough.
Neymar's agents filed an appeal to a Sao Paulo
court to have the edition pulled from newsstands na-
tionwide---and a judge agreed.
Judge Andreia Galgardo Palma ruled the magazine
could no longer be sold and ordered its publisher to
pick up all unsold copies from newsstands.
The request for the restraining order was made by
NR Sports, the company that manages Neymar's ca-
In a statement on its Web site, NR Sports said
Wednesday the magazine published a lie about Ney-
mar's personal life and used his name without its au-
thorization. It offered no details.
The judge said the publisher would be fined about
$4,500 a day if it failed to obey her order.
Publisher Grupo Abril can appeal the ruling, but
had yet to say if it would.
Sergio Xavier, the editor of Brazilian Playboy, said
in an email that as yet the magazine hadn't been no-
tified by any legal authority that it had to pull the
June edition, and that "the magazine remains avail-
able" across the country.
Shortly before Playboy hit the newsstands earlier
this month, Jordane told reporters she had once
been romantically involved with Neymar.
She said they had dated for about three months in
2013 and that the relationship ended when Neymar
started seeing his current girlfriend, Brazilian TV star
Big bad wolf
Brazil great Ronaldo got reluctantly dragged into
the Luis Suarez quagmire yesterday---and wound up
riffing on parenthood and fairytale villains.
At a FIFA news conference, he was asked about
the Uruguay striker's suspension for biting an oppos-
"Why do you want my opinion? I never bit anyone,"
he answered through a translator.
Then Ronaldo kept going: "But I know that bites
hurt. My young kids used to bite me and I used to
punish them. In my home, punishment is called 'the
dark room with the big bad wolf,' so I suppose for an
adult four months with no football is the same."
Suarez bit me!
The Adidas World Cup ad campaign with star play-
ers baring their teeth was always a bit iffy when it
came to the image of Luis Suarez, considering his
history of biting opponents on the pitch.
The shoe company was taking down the Suarez
ads after he did it again against Italy, but as of early
Thursday, one such poster was still up near Copaca-
bana beach. Amused fans took photos of themselves
in front of it appearing to be chomped by the
Katsouranis has fans unhappy
Veteran Greece midfielder Costas Katsouranis is
available to play for his country in Sunday's knockout
round match against Costa Rica after sitting out a
game because of a red card, but fans are hoping he
stays on the bench.
A Facebook page unsubtly titled "No to Katsoura-
nis against Costa Rica" has gone viral, picking up
more than 90,000 likes, from football supporters
who view the 35-year-old Benfica player as slow and
Katsouranis played an important part in Greece's
qualification run and has 113 appearances for the na-
tional team, including its stunning victory at the
2004 European Championships.
But in Brazil, Katsouranis' absence in the final
group match against Ivory Coast forced lineup
changes that saw Greece score its first goals of the
tournament for a 2--1 win.
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BRASILIA---Ghana s tumul-
tuous World Cup campaign
was brought to a chaotic con-
clusion yesterday, with two of
the country s star players
thrown out of the squad just
hours before a 2--1 loss to Por-
tugal ended its stay at the tour-
A day after resolving a pos-
sible player mutiny over World
Cup bonus payments was
resolved, Ghana announced that
Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince
Boateng had been sent home
and suspended indefinitely for
Muntari s World Cup finished
early because of an "unprovoked
physical attack on an executive
committee member of the GFA
and a management member of
the Black Stars, Mr Moses
Armah" on Tuesday, one state-
Boateng was also removed
from the squad, after being
accused in a second statement
released by Ghana s federation
"vulgar verbal insults targeted
at coach Kwesi Appiah" during
a training session this week.
"At this level, you look at the
team, not one player, you always
have to look at it like that," Appi-
ah said after the defeat to Por-
tugal that saw Ghana finish bot-
tom of Group G.
"The players were all aware.
They saw what happened. If you
want to build a team and restore
discipline, it s important to make
the decision like this."
Boateng, said by his country s
federation to have shown "no
remorse for his actions," accept-
ed his suspension and but added
in an interview with German
newspaper Sport Bild that "no
one should think that I insulted
the coach or did anything
Boateng said he and Muntari
had been joking with each
other during training Wednes-
day. The coach asked why they
were laughing, and then sent
Boateng to the dressing room,
"After training I went to the
coach and asked him if he had
a minute for me. I asked him
what he had against me," Boateng
was quoted as saying. "Then he
started shouting at me."
Ghana, a quarterfinalist in
2010, needed to beat Portugal
in Brasilia on Thursday to stand
any chance of reaching the sec-
ond round. However, Cristiano
Ronaldo s 80th-minute goal
earned Portugal victory and
meant Ghana failed to get out
of its group for the first time at
a World Cup.
Appiah played down the
impact of the absences of
Muntari and Boateng for the
"The incidents happened
some few days ago," he said. "I
don t think it had an impact on
Muntari was suspended for
the Portugal match anyway after
collecting two yellow cards.
Ghana s World Cup campaign
was already in turmoil following
a row over appearance-fee pay-
ments that squad members had
been promised but had not yet
received heading to Brasilia for
their final match.
The country s cash-strapped
federation was forced to ask FIFA
for an advance on the $8 million
prize money it is guaranteed
from playing at the World Cup
to pay outstanding debts to play-
ers.But the world s governing
body said Thursday that the
issue had been solved and that
Ghana s players no longer
required advance payments from
"What the players requested
was paid to them," said Appiah,
who said Wednesday that a
plane carrying cash sent by
Ghana s president was being
flown to the Brazilian capital.
World Cup prize money---
which ranges in Brazil from $8
million for being knocked out
in the group stage to $35 million
for winning the title---is normally
paid after the tournament.
Appiah said his young squad
will be better for the experience
Aguero will miss Argentina s
World Cup second round match
against Switzerland because of
a muscle injury in his left thigh.
Argentina team doctor Daniel
Martinez said yesterday that
Aguero is receiving treatment
and will be evaluated "day by
Aguero limped off the pitch
in the first half of Argentina s
3--2 win over Nigeria on
Martinez described the injury
as a "first-degree" strain in a
muscle on the back of his thigh.
That means it only affects a few
of the muscle fibers but even so
it could take several weeks to
Argentina faces Switzerland
on Tuesday in Sao Paolo.
"Obviously Sergio is not avail-
able for the next match," Mar-
tinez said. "From there on it
depends on ... Sergio s evolution
day by day."
Earlier Thursday, a team
spokesman denied a report by
Argentine newspaper Clarin say-
ing Aguero had been ruled out
of the tournament because of
Ezequiel Lavezzi came on for
Aguero against Nigeria and is
likely to get the nod again if
coach Alejandro Sabella sticks
to the three-man attack that
is Argentina s favoured forma-
Aguero wasn t having a great
World Cup before the injury,
failing to score despite starting
in all three group stage matches.
Team captain Lionel Messi has
scored four of Argentina s six
goals so far.
comes to chaotic end
RIO DE JANEIRO---Nigeria midfielder
Michael Babatunde was ruled out of the
World Cup yesterday with a broken arm
after being hit by a team-mate s shot in
the group game against Argentina.
The Nigeria Football Federation and coach
Stephen Keshi said that Babatunde had suc-
cessful surgery on his fractured right wrist
but will need at least three weeks to recov-
er.The team-mate whose shot struck
Babatunde, fellow midfielder Ogenyi Onazi,
joked about the incident in a statement from
"I swear that was a sure goal if not for
(his) hand." Onazi said. He added that he
wished Babatunde a "quick recovery."
Babatunde started Nigeria s last two group
games, a 1--0 win over Bosnia and Wednes-
day s 3--2 loss to Argentina in Group F. He
got hurt in that game when Onazi s powerful
second-half shot hit him on the right hand
at an awkward angle, breaking his wrist.
"We are sad about that but we have people
who can fill in for him very well," Keshi
Keshi also said that forward Victor Moses
had been struggling with a muscle strain,
which was the reason he had not played a
major role in Nigeria s World Cup campaign
Nigeria plays France in the last 16 on
Monday in Brasilia.
Babatunde out with broken arm
Aguero to miss of Swiss match
Ghana's Sulley Muntari celebrates after his team scored their
second goal of the game during the group G World Cup soccer
match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in
Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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