Brazil’s President Lula has withdrawn his personal assurance that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not be arrested if he attends next year’s G20 summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Putin missed this year’s gathering in the Indian capital New Delhi, avoiding possible political tension and any risk of criminal detention under an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant.

Brazil is an ICC member but President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has raised eyebrows after telling Indian news network Firstpost: ‘If I’m the president of Brazil and if he comes to Brazil, there’s no way that he will be arrested.’


But earlier today, he told reporters: ‘I don’t know if Brazil’s justice will detain him. It’s the judiciary that decides, it’s not the government.’

Putin refused to attend recent international gatherings and had to send his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to New Delhi instead for the September 9-10 G20 meeting, even though India is not an ICC signatory.

In March, the ICC announced an arrest warrant for Putin over the war crime accusation of unlawfully deporting Ukrainian children.

The Kremlin denies the accusations, insisting the warrant against Putin is ‘void’.


On Saturday, the G20 nations adopted a declaration that avoided condemning Moscow for the war in Ukraine but called on all states to refrain from using force to grab territory.

The next summit is slated for November 2024 in Rio de Janeiro and Lula said he hoped ‘that by then the war is over’.

But he also questioned Brazil’s membership of the war crimes court, adding that ’emerging countries often sign things that are detrimental to them’.


‘I want to know why we are members but not the United States, not Russia, not India, not China,’ Lula said.


‘I’m not saying I’m going to leave the court, I just want to know why Brazil is a signatory.’

Signing Osimhen is a risk - Rio Ferdinand gives verdict on Harry Kane

Former Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has warned the club that a move for Victor Osimhen could carry a risk.


Osimhen and Tottenham’s Hary Kane are among the big-name strikers being linked with an Old Trafford switch, having both scored more than 20 goals respectively this season.

“A number nine is the obvious area that Man Utd need to sort out, we need to get a number in the building,’ Ferdinand said on his Five YouTube channel. 

‘There are two names that keep coming up – Osimhen from Napoli and Harry Kane. Ultimately, it is down to Kane and (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy.

“If they both say ‘yes, we want to make it happen’, I think Man Utd get it done. The numbers can’t be ridiculous, Levy’s got to be realistic. They’ve got blood, sweat, tears, records, goals, the lot out of Harry Kane.

“Let the guy do what he needs to do now, man. Let him go on and try to compete for Champions Leagues, for championships, for cup competitions.”

“If he came to Man Utd, he might not even be competing for a title. It might take another year or two,” Ferdinand continued. “But they’re closer than where Spurs are, that’s the point.”


“Osimhen is a different kettle of fish,” the pundit said. “He’s 24, he’s scored goals in France and now in Italy. Won the league (in Italy) and knows how to win leagues.

“He’s been a No.9 at a dominant team in the football league. Is that transferable to the Premier League? No one knows that. That’s the chance United would have to take on him.

“That’s the only risk I see. He doesn’t know the league – that’s it. Ability wise and profile, goalscoring, he ticks every box, but there is an unknown factor in does he know how to play in the Premier League? Can he adapt to the Premier League?

“But I wouldn’t see that as a big risk. I’d take either of those two and I’d be happy but the one thing with Kane, he guarantees you 20 or 25 goals a season. 

There’s no doubt in your mind he gets that when he comes to Man Utd.”

Manchester United legend,  Rio Ferdinand inducted into the Premier League

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has become the latest player to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.


The former center-back – who played for West Ham, Leeds United, and QPR in his career, was selected after a vote by fans across the world from a 15-person shortlist.


Ferdinand becomes the 17th player to join the Hall of Fame after eight legendary stars were inducted in both 2021 and 2022.


He joins Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger in the ‘Class of 2023’, with the two Premier League icons the first managers to be inducted.


Ferdinand is one of the greatest top flight defenders of all time, winning six Premier League titles and racking up 504 appearances.


After breaking through at West Ham where he made his debut aged 17, he became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Leeds in 2000 for £18m.


He later broke his own record two years later when he moved to Manchester United for £30m. On both occasions, he also broke the British transfer record.


After ending his 12-year spell at Old Trafford in 2014, he finished his career with a season at QPR.


Manchester United legend,  Rio Ferdinand inducted into the Premier League

Ferdinand – who also won 81 caps for England – has since gone on to become one of the most prominent pundits in the game.

Reflecting on his achievement, a delighted Ferdinand told the Premier League: ‘As a defender, I’m not used to celebrating personal glory – we leave that to the midfielders and strikers!

‘When you start your career, you never dream of how well things could turn out.

‘I remember all those long journeys on trains and tubes; all the training, cleaning players’ boots and taking care of the kit.

‘I remember going back to my estate and seeing my friends who were all desperate to know what it was like.’

Looking back at his legacy as one of the most graceful defenders of the modern era, Ferdinand added: ‘The only thing I can think of, without patting myself on the back too much, would be the way I played my position which was probably something that set me apart.

‘At that time, a centre-half who’s comfortable running out with the ball and taking the ball under pressure, wasn’t really what the position’s identity was about but that was my identity.

‘You look at the players now, that’s a massive part of the way young centre-backs play because those are the demands put on players. I’d love to have played today!’

He continued: ‘It’s a great feeling to be recognised by my peers as well as the fans.

‘To be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame alongside such a high calibre of players and managers is a tip of the cap to say the career is what you wanted and what you dreamed of as a kid. To be able to say that I achieved my dream is special.

‘The Premier League is the holy grail, and I just can’t believe I made it.’


Pregnant Kate Ferdinand and husband Rio Ferdinand announce the gender of their second child

Kate Ferdinand and Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand are expecting a baby girl. 


The former TOWIE star, 31, who announced she is expecting her second child with the ex-footballer, 44, in January, said they are excited as they prepare to welcome a daughter. 


Kate married footballer Rio in 2019, already share son Cree, two, together, and she is step-mum to Rio’s three children Lorenz, 16, Tate, 14, and Tia, 11.


The family recently threw a gender reveal but Rio revealed it all went wrong after Kate ended up choking on a cupcake. 


The reality star, who said both parents and Lorenz had guessed the sex correctly before knowing, said: ‘It’s a girl guys – we are so excited we’re having a girl.


‘We both guessed the same. Lorenz guessed that.’


Rio, announcing the news alongside Kate on her Blended podcast, said: ‘I knew it was a girl but I actually wanted a girl. I wanted boys at the beginning. I wanted Cree to be a boy.


‘That’s me, I’m done now, five.’


The couple told how they decided to announce the gender to their family by eating two cupcakes each.


But Rio said: ‘It was a typical Ferdinand household gender reveal – it all went wrong.’


Kate said: ‘It was bedlam. So we all had a cake – there were 12 cakes. This was actually Rio’s idea. Only one of them had the colour in it. So we all had two cakes each. Little cupcakes.


‘Because all the kids are so many different ages it’s really hard to get something that works for everyone.



‘Typical Rio, said he’d be home from work at 5.30, rocks up at eight – so Cree’s exhausted.


‘So we’re already starting the night a little bit groggy – Cree goes to bed at 7.30 and it’s now eight.’


Rio continued: ‘We’re just going to film it for memories and then we all take a bite of the first six cupcakes – not one of them has the colour – so it’s pink or blue, girl or boy.


‘And then everyone’s shouting, and because everyone’s shouting so loud, Cree in the middle is hysterical crying because he’s scared.


‘All the other kids are really excited – they’re screaming and shouting. So we calm everyone down.’


They fetched Cree a dummy, after which Rio took up the story saying: ‘We were all getting reading to take the second bite of the second cupcake, and it was definitely going to be the pink or blue when you bite it then, and Cree couldn’t wait and went to bite it before we were all ready, and then Tate went ‘No, no, no’ and then scared the life out of him.

‘And then he was gone – he was screaming.’


Kate said: ‘Tate and Tia think Lorenz is the favourite child – I’ve told them he’s not the favourite. They said ‘Lorenz is going to get the cake’. They all picked their own cake. Who gets the cake with the colour in it?’


Rio replied: ‘Lorenz gets it – then we all done it and Lorenz ended up getting the pink cupcake. And then it was just was bedlam, manic. Then Kate decides to take the spotlight and choke on the cupcake – she almost died.’


Kate continued: ‘Everyone thinks it’s a fix, Cree’s screaming again – he’s hysterical.


‘I was so excited that it was a girl, I hadn’t swallowed the bit of cake, but then Cree’s started screaming so I went over to see him and then the cake got stuck in my throat. Not one family member cared.


‘I was actually full-blown choking. Someone was having to hit me over the back – I had no drink. And you were all drinking tropical fruit from the fridge like minding your own business.


‘I’m full-blown choking for at least two minutes – like fully choking and no-one cared.’


Rio Ferdinand reacts after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to make Premier League Player of the Year shortlist

Rio Ferdinand has reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s omission from the Premier League Player of the Year shortlist, saying it’s ‘laughable’ while insisting he will ‘100 per cent’ stay at Manchester United next season. 


Ronaldo’s return to the club from Juventus hasn’t gone as planned after enduring a frustrating first season at United, who have missed out on Champions League qualification. Though, he has 18 Premier League goals to his name.


Despite his individual performance, there was no room for the Portuguese star on this season’s Premier League Player of the Year shortlist, which consists of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jarrod Bowen, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min, James Ward-Prowse, and Bukayo Saka.


Now,  Ferdinand has questioned how Saka, who has registered six goals and 11 assists for Arsenal, has earned a nomination ahead of his old team-mate. 


‘Saka’s in the in the Player of the Year nominees?’ the former United defender asked on the Vibe with Five podcast. ‘I wouldn’t have had Saka in there yet, as well as he’s done.


‘I wouldn’t have had him over Ronaldo, no, not this season. Ronaldo should be in ahead of three of four of those guys in there.


‘He probably doesn’t win it but in terms of nominees, it’s laughable. He’ll take it as a disrespect but these are the things that fuel him, he’ll be thinking, “how dare you?”.


‘If it’s based on stats, he’s like, “I’ve banged in more goals than most of them on that list other than Salah, so what are you talking about?”‘

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