Published:  03:20 AM, 09 June 2019

Neymar sponsors withdraw ads after rape accusation

Neymar sponsors withdraw ads after rape accusation

A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel has testified to Sao Paulo police.
His sponsors are backing out, but Neymar still enjoys massive support in his home country.

Sponsors of Brazilian football megastar Neymar have suspended advertising campaigns following an alleged rape scandal, his agents said Friday. A 26-year-old model has accused the star striker for Paris Saint-Germain of raping her in a Paris hotel in May.

She spent about six hours giving a statement to Sao Paulo police on Friday, braving the assembled media scrum. The case has gripped the football-loving nation. Earlier in the week, Neymar also spoke to police after intimate WhatsApp messages and photos of his alleged victim were leaked online. He blamed an assistant and a technician for the leak.

----Agency

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