Most Brazilians think Neymar is ‘innocent’: poll

The injured star striker has been flooded with messages of assist on social media from his thousands and thousands of followers because the scandal dominates headlines and conversations within the soccer-mad nation, days earlier than it hosts the Copa America.

Neymar, who has strongly denied the allegations, was pressured out of the event after spraining his ankle in Brazil’s 2-Zero win over Qatar in a pleasant on Wednesday.

Within the days after the alleged rape scandal erupted final Saturday, Parana Pesquisas requested 2 071 Brazilians in the event that they thought Neymar was responsible or harmless of the accusation.

Almost 63 % stated he was harmless, whereas solely 14 % thought he was responsible of raping Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza in a Paris resort in Could. 

Greater than half of these surveyed had been ladies and almost 60 % of them stated he was harmless. 

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In an indication of how important a determine Neymar is in Brazilian life, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has publicly declared the Paris Saint-Germain participant’s innocence – even earlier than police end investigating the allegations.

“I believe him,” Bolsonaro stated on Wednesday forward of the pre-tournament recreation. He later visited Neymar in hospital and wished him a “fast recovery”.  

Neymar was mobbed by supporters and the media on Thursday evening as he arrived at a police station in Rio de Janeiro to provide a press release over the publication of intimate footage of his accuser on social media.

In an try to defend himself in opposition to the rape declare, Neymar had posted a video on Instagram with WhatsApp messages and pictures of his encounter with Trindade – with out her consent, probably breaking Brazilian regulation.

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Exterior the police station he expressed gratitude to his followers for his or her assist.

“I felt very loved,” he stated.

Simply earlier than the Brazil-Qatar recreation on Wednesday, the SBT TV community aired an interview with Trindade through which she described struggling “aggression together with rape” by the hands of Neymar.

Trindade, who works as a mannequin, arrived at a Sao Paulo police station on Friday the place her criticism is underneath investigation.

Her lawyer Danilo Garcia Andrade stated on Thursday his shopper has obtained threats, including: “It is very difficult for her to take on board that what she lived through was in fact rape.” 

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Updated: June 8, 2019 — 12:19 am