Pele back in Brazil after hospital stay
Football great Pele arrived back in Brazil Tuesday after receiving treatment for a urinary tract infection during a six-day hospital stay in France.
The three-time World Cup winner was discharged late Monday from the private American hospital in the Paris suburbs where he had been taken after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.
After arriving at the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport in Brazil, the 78-year-old was taken through the terminal in a wheelchair and was driven away in a van.
"Once again, thank God, everything went well. I'm alive. Long live Brazil," Pele said after he arrived.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Brazilians and all those who called the hospital, who called me, for my operation, to wish me a rapid recovery," he added.
Before he was discharged, current Brazil star Neymar, who plays alongside Mbappe for Paris Saint-Germain, paid him a visit at the hospital.
Neymar posted a photo on his Instagram account Monday of himself next to a smiling Pele in his hospital bed with the two holding hands. --Afp
Drinkwater charged with drunk driving
Out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been charged with drink driving after his car was involved in a crash following a late night out.
The 29-year-old -- capped three times by England on the back of his pivotal role in Leicester's fairytale 2016 title victory -- was arrested early Monday morning after what police termed a "one-vehicle incident" on his way back to his home near Manchester following a charity event.
Drinkwater -- who unlike former Leicester City team-mate N'golo Kante failed to impose himself at Chelsea after a £35million ($45.7million) transfer in 2017 -- was released on unconditional bail ahead of a hearing at Stockport Magistrates' Court on May 13.
"It was a nasty crash," a source told The Sun newspaper. --Afp
Dembele fined for leaving rented home 'like a dustbin'
A German court fined Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele 10,000 euros ($11,200) on Monday for vacating the house he rented when at Borussia Dortmund littered with rubbish.
"The house was a dustbin," Dembele's landlord Gerd Weissenberg told German newspaper Bild.
Rubbish "was in every room", he added.
French World Cup winner Dembele, 21, joined Dortmund from Rennes in 2016, leaving for Barcelona a year later on a 105 million-euro ($124 million) transfer.
The fine, which includes rent arrears, was less than half the 21,000 euros originally sought by house owner Weissenberg.
"Of course Mr Dembele earns lots of money but he also has the right to be treated correctly," the player's lawyer Horst Kletke noted.
"We've made big strides today (with the reduced fine verdict)." --Afp
Jovic out for revenge against Benfica
In-demand Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic hopes to show Benfica what they are missing when he faces his old club in Thursday's Europa League quarterfinal clash in Lisbon.
Jovic joined Frankfurt on-loan two years ago after being made surplus to requirements at Benfica. But the 21-year-old has blossomed beyond all expectation in Germany, and is now coveted by Europe's top clubs.
"Luka is a real goal machine," Frankfurt coach Adi Huetter told Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung on Tuesday.
At Benfica, Jovic was banished to the reserve team for disciplinary reasons. It has been a different story at Frankfurt, where he has scored 17 goals in 26 league games this season to keep his team on course for a top-four finish.
He scored his seventh Europa League goal at San Siro last month to knock out Inter Milan and set up a last-eight rendez-vous with his former club Benfica.
"As soon as Luka found out that we were playing Benfica, you could see how happy he was," said Huetter last month.
"To go back and play somewhere where you didn't make it gives you extra motivation." --Afp