Brazilian pair ruled out of Sunday warm-up vs Croatia

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Renato Augusto and Douglas Costa will miss Brazil’s World Cup warm-up friendly against Croatia in England this weekend due to injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday.

Costa will travel with the squad to Liverpool, but will not play in Sunday’s match due to a thigh strain.

However, Renato Augusto, the Beijing Guoan midfielder who has been a regular starter under coach Tite, will stay in London to have physiotherapy on an injured left knee.

Brazil play Croatia at Anfield on Sunday in what will be their penultimate warm-up before heading to Russia.

The five-time World Cup winners also face Austria in Vienna on June 10.

Striker and talisman Neymar, who has not played since injuring his foot in a league match for Paris St Germain back in February, is expected to feature in both games, although reports said he will start on the bench against Croatia.

Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 and also play Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

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Concern over increase in smugglers

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THE Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has expressed concern at the number of South African citizens being arrested abroad for drug trafficking. This follows the arrest of a female South African police officer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last week for smuggling cocaine. The police officer worked at a Johannesburg police station before her
Source: The New Age

At least 33 inmates killed in new Brazil prison unrest

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At least 33 inmates were killed by their rivals at a prison in northern Brazil on Friday, days after a riot by warring gangs left dozens more dead at another prison, officials said. The government of Roraima state said the situation at PAMC (Agricola de Monte Cristo prison) was now “under control.” The latest violence
Source: The New Age

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