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Tottenham’s Lucas endorses far-right Brazilian candidate

September 10, 2018
Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tottenham winger Lucas Moura has endorsed a far-right candidate in Brazil’s presidential elections in October.

Congressman Jair Bolsonaro is one of the front-runners in the race but is currently hospitalized after being stabbed by an attacker in the midst of a polarizing campaign.

Moura, who was named the Premier League’s player of the month for August, said Monday that Brazil needs a change and argued in favor of Bolsonaro in a series of tweets.

The Brazilian wrote that “at least I am not seeing the same proposals and speeches” from Bolsonaro.

On Tuesday, Brazil’s top court is expected to decide whether Bolsonaro will stand trial for racism over remarks he made last year.

Moura said Bolsonaro “would be in jail” if he was a racist and that his accusers don’t back up their arguments.

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