The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Brazil striker Neymar could face punishment after missing French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s first day of preseason training on Monday without informing the club.
Neymar’s spokeswoman, Day Crespo, denied the allegation PSG was not informed, and added the player will return to France on July 15 as agreed “weeks ago.”
PSG said in a statement that “Neymar was not in attendance at the agreed time and place” and this was “without the club’s prior authorization.”
PSG added, “It regrets this situation and will therefore take appropriate action.”
Crespo told the AP the club knew Neymar scheduled a video shoot on July 10 and an event at his institute three days later.
“Neymar’s institute has organized this event for five years and everyone knows of those dates,” she said. “After those dates he will be present with the group on July 15, as he informed the club weeks ago.”
Neymar cost a world record €222 million ($249 million) from Barcelona two years ago.
But his two seasons at PSG have been blighted by injuries to his right foot and he has been linked with a reported move back to the Spanish champion.
The 27-year-old Neymar missed Brazil’s successful Copa America campaign because of an ankle injury.
A Brazilian model accused him of raping her in a Paris hotel on May 15. Neymar denies any wrongdoing.
Leicester locks up Tielemans
LONDON (AP) — Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans moved to Leicester on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell last season, while West Ham announced the sale of Marko Arnautovic to Chinese champion Shanghai SIPG in a terse, two-line statement.
Tielemans arrives at Leicester from Monaco for a reported club-record fee of £40 million ($50 million), with the English Premier League club saying he is “widely considered to be one of the most exciting young talents in European football.”
The 22-year-old Tielemans, who impressed when spending the second half of last season on loan at King Power Stadium, joined a few days after Spanish forward Ayoze Perez moved to Leicester for £30 million.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said, “and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.”
Exciting times for Leicester but perhaps worrying ones for West Ham, with Arnautovic the team’s most talented player when on form.
The value of his move was not disclosed in a statement from West Ham that offered no thanks for the Austria forward’s 22 goals in two seasons.
The club’s Twitter account message was even shorter: “Marko Arnautovic departs.”
British media reported the transfer fee was around £22 million.
Relations between West Ham and Arnautovic have been tense since he sought a move to China in January, and got worse this offseason.
Record viewership for U.S. women
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The United States’ 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final averaged nearly 15.6 million U.S. viewers on English- and Spanish-language television.
It was the most-viewed match this season, but a decrease from the 2015 final.
The match averaged 14.27 million viewers on Fox, according to the network and Nielsen, and peaked at 19.6 million.