Jose Mourinho completed his first signing as Tottenham manager on Wednesday, bringing in Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on an 18-month loan.
The Premier League club said it had the option to make the transfer permanent.
The 21-year-old Fernandes has played two games for Portugal, having represented his country at every age group from under-15s.
The arrival of Fernandes gives Tottenham another option in midfield after France international Moussa Sissoko was ruled out until April after undergoing knee surgery.
Unsettled midfielder Christian Eriksen has also been linked with a move away.
A former Penn State football player claims in a lawsuit that Nittany Lions players hazed him and other younger teammates by imitating sexual acts in the shower and invoking Jerry Sandusky's name.
Isaiah Humphries filed the lawsuit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court against the university, head coach James Franklin and one former teammate.
University police conducted an investigation and turned over their results to the local district attorney, who declined to prosecute, Penn State said in a statement. The university said it conducted extensive interviews but found nothing to substantiate claims against Franklin or to indicate that anyone had been hazed.
The allegations include that older players said to younger ones, "I am going to Sandusky you."
Sandusky was the team's retired longtime defensive coordinator when he was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys, including physical attacks on university property. He is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.
Sandusky's arrest prompted the firing of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno, and the university subsequently paid more than $100 million to people who said they had been abused by Sandusky.
Humphries' lawyer, Steven Marino, said it took courage for his client to come forward.
"And he wants to be vindicated — he didn't leave Penn State because he wanted to," Marino said late Tuesday. "He left Penn State because he was harassed, bullied, humiliated. He wasn't protected, like he was entitled to be."
The lawsuit claims some of the older players would physically restrain younger players, taunt them and engage in mock sex acts. It further claims that starting in January 2018, several players "collectively orchestrated, participated in, directed and or facilitated a campaign to harass and haze lower classmen members of the Penn State football team," including Humphries.
The AP does not generally name people who say they are victims of sexual abuse or similar crimes unless they consent to being identified, but Marino gave consent on his client's behalf.
Penn State's statement issued Tuesday said its Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response and the Office of Student Conduct investigated, and that Penn State police turned over results of its own investigation to Centre County District Attorney Bernie F. Cantorna.
"The DA reviewed the case and decided that no charges would be pursued," the school said. A message was left seeking comment from Cantorna.
Marino said he has not spoken with the prosecutor and does not know what investigation was conducted, but said Penn State's own internal investigation made a finding against the player listed in the lawsuit.
The former teammate did not return a message that was sent to his university email account.
The lawsuit claims Humphries and his father both reported harassment and hazing in the football team locker room, but "no substantive action was taken" in response by Franklin or the team.
Humphries, 20, alleges he was retaliated against for making the reports, including scorn from coaches, "irrational and inappropriate censure" by the team's academic adviser and denial of medical accommodations to treat anxiety and narcolepsy. He believes he was also shunned by other players and said he received threats.
He is seeking damages on claims of negligence against Penn State, Franklin and his former teammate, as well as assault and battery, conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress allegations against the former teammate.
Humphries, a native of Texas, has since transferred to the University of California, Berkeley.
All the five foreign participating teams of the six-nation Bangabandhu International Gold Cup promised to give tough fight in the meet beginning from Wednesday at Bangabandhu National Football Stadium here.
Hosts Bangladesh will play against defending champions Palestine in the opening match at 5 pm eyeing on semifinal. On the other hand, holders Palestine are eyeing to defend their title.
Among the six participating teams of the meet, Sri Lanka and Burundi arrived Dhaka on Tuesday while Palestine and Mauritus reached on Monday. Another African team Seychelles will arrive here on Thursday (January 16), a day after the tournament begins.
Ahead of the tournament, Bangladesh Football Federation arranged a press meet at its’ house at Motijheel here on Tuesday.
Bangladesh Head Coach Jamie Day and Captain Jamal Bhuiyan, Palestine Head Coach Makram Daboub and key player Mohammed Darwish; Sri Lanka Team Manager Col. Pathmanathan and Team official Tossa Kodi, Mauritius Head Coach Francisco Fillo and Dhilien Bhlisson; Vice-President of Seychelles Football Federation Dolor Ernesta and Head Coach Don Anacoura were present at the press conference.
Bangladesh’s another opponents Sri Lanka National Football team’s Team Manager Col. Pathmanathan said, “We lost against Bangladesh in the recently concluded South Asian Games in Nepal. But, now we have come here with a balanced team. We made several changes in the squad. We want to reach semis with at least one draw and one win.”
Among others, Mauritius Head Coach Francisco Fillo said, “We came to Bangladesh for the first time; we don’t have any idea about Bangladesh team. We have earlier played in the Indian city Mumbai against an Indian club. Most of our players are young and they don’t have any experience of international matches. But, we want to fight here.”
Seychelles Head Coach Don Anacoura said, “My players are looking forward for the competition. We have also came with a young team. Most of our players have no experience.”
The six-nation Bangabandhu International Gold Cup football, organised on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, begins here on Wednesday.
Defending champions Palestine will take on hosts Bangladesh in the opening match of the first international sports meet on the eve of the ‘Mujib Borsho’ at the country’s premier sports venue -- Bangabandhu National Stadium -- at 5pm.
Throughout the ‘Mujib Borsho’ from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021, some 100 sports events will be organized.
Law Minister M Anisul Huq will be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel will be present as a special guest.
State-owned Bangladesh Television and Rtv will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will broadcast the running commentary.
Hosts Bangladesh, placed in Group A with Palestine and Sri Lanka, will take on Sri Lanka on January 19 at the same time and same venue while Group B team comprises three African countries -- Burundi, Mauritius and Seychelles.
Burundi will play Mauritius in the first Group B match on January 16 at 5pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Two top teams from each of the groups will play in the semifinals. The Group A champions will play Group B runners-up in the first semifinal on January 22 while Group B champions will face Group A runners-up in the other semis on January 23, both at 5pm at the same venue.
The title-deciding final will be held on January 25, also at 5pm at the same venue.
Ahead of the tough opening match, Bangladesh Head Coach Jamie Day on Tuesday said they can avoid the defeat against upper-ranked Palestine if they perform the way they did against India and Qatar in the FIFA, AFC joint qualifiers.
“We played well against India and Qatar. If we do the same against Palestine, then we’ll be able to avoid the defeat. But if we repeat the mistakes what we do in the 2nd half against Oman, then Palestine will get chances to score,” Jamie said in a pre-match press conference at Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) office.
“Palestine are the strong side and they have young legs as well as national players. But we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s match with confidence. We know we can play well. Scoring is the main issue. But we have to take our chances,” the head coach added.
About the preparations, Jamie said they have trained well. Striker Ziban and defender Badsha will miss the tournament as they are sick, but other players are fine.
Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan said, “Some of our players failed to give their best in the last South Asian Games in Nepal. It’s a good opportunity for them to rectify those mistakes as well as to prove their worth.”
As the team will miss the services of Ziban and Badsha, he said many new players come to the squad and they can do well.
Bangladesh suffered a blow just before the meet as their two key players centre back Tutul Hossain Badsha and forward Nabib Newaz Ziban were ruled out of the tournament due to fever.
Defender Monjurur Rahman has been included in place of Badsha while Saif SC midfielder Foysal Ahmed Fahim is the other replacement.
Palestine Head Coach Makram Daboub said they came here to retain their title.
“Last year we got the title, and now we came again to retain the title. Other teams are also good, all of them have the same chances of winning,” he said.
“We have 10 best young players in the squad that played in our local leagues. We picked up seven players from Palestine Under-23 team and seven others from FIFA World Cup Qualifiers squad. Those local players will play their maiden international match here. We believe they’ll do well,” Makram added.
Bangladesh never clinched title of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup. They finished runners-up in 2015 conceding 3-2 goals defeat against Malaysia in the final, which is their highest achievement.
On the other hand, Palestine emerged unbeaten champions in the last edition of the meet in 2018 beating Tajikistan by 4-3 goals in the tie-breaker.
Ahead of the tournament, BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin at a function on Sunday announced a bonus US $100,000 if the Bangladesh team clinch the Bangabandhu Gold Cup title. If they end up as runners-up, Bangladesh team will get US $50,000.
The 23-member Bangladesh squad: Shahidul Alam Sohel, Ashraful Islam Rana, Anisur Rahman, Topu Barman, Sushanto Tripura, Yeasin Khan, Rahmat Mia, Rayhan Hasan, Riyadul Hasan, Monjurur Rahman Manik, Rabiul Hasan, Saad Uddin, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Jamal Bhuiyan, Sohel Rana, Manik Hossain Mollah, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Towhidul Alam Sabuz, Mohammad Ibrahim, Motin Miah, Foysal Ahmed Fahim, Arifur Rahman, Rakib Hossain.
Bangladesh National Football team are suffering from serious injury problems just before the six-team Bangabandhu International Gold Cup that gets underway Wednesday at Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Center back Tutul Hossain Badsha and reliable forward Nabib Newaz Ziban ruled out of the team due to fever. Ziban is suffering from fever for last few days while Badsha left the camp with fever on Sunday.
Chattogram Abahani defender Monjurur Rahman has been included in the place of Badsha while Saif SC midfielder Foysal Ahmed Fahim included in the team another replacement.
Dhaka Abahani-booter-cum former national captain Mamunul Islam Mamun is recovering from muscle injury, but he is still uncertain about making the first eleven.
Mamun got the injury during a training session at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur recently.
In this situation, Bangladesh Head Coach Jamie Day said, “We have lost some of our key players, we have to deal with the situation, but the remaining members of the team are well prepared.”
“We included young Fahim [Foysal Ahmed Fahim] in the team as he has some experience. We have got our playing eleven, but you have to wait till January 15.” Jamie added.