Aston Villa and Derby County face off tonight (12am Tuesday AEST) for Premier League promotion — and all the riches that come with it — in the Championship play-off final.
For Villa, it’s a second consecutive trip to the Wembley decider, having been beaten by Fulham last season, as they aim to return to the top flight for the first time since 2016.
Derby, meanwhile, have been away from the Premier League since their infamous 2007/08 campaign. There have been more near misses since than they would like to remember, and their last play-off final saw them beaten by QPR in 2014.
Brazilian police are questioning Neymar for the first time over allegations he raped a woman he met through social media in a Paris hotel last month, charges he has denied.
Accompanied by a police escort, the world’s most expensive footballer was driven to a Sao Paulo police station where security had been ramped up for his highly anticipated arrival.
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Wearing a dark suit buttoned at the middle, the star striker entered the station on crutches after injuring his right ankle in a pre-Copa America friendly against Qatar last week that forced him out of South America’s showcase tournament.
Neymar’s appearance comes after Brazilian police said Thursday they had filed a defamation suit against his rape accuser for insinuating the force was corrupt.
During an interview with television channel SBT this week, Najila Trindade said: “The police are bought, aren’t they? Or am I crazy?”, in response to questions over the police investigation of an alleged theft of a tablet device from her home that contained a short video she claims has conclusive evidence she was assaulted.
The ugly affair has dominated headlines in Brazil as it prepares to host the Copa America and tarnished the festive atmosphere ahead of Friday’s opening game between the Selecao and Bolivia.