Huge Neymar row erupts as PSG labelled ‘financial dopers’

Date published: Wednesday 2nd August 2017 11:39

La Liga have stated they will not accept the payment from “financial dopers” Paris Saint-Germain to trigger Neymar’s €222m release clause.

PSG are understood to be scheduled to meet with La Liga officials today as they aim to rubber-stamp their £199million move for the Brazilian.

But the Spanish League are not happy at losing one of their marquee players and a spokesman for the office of La Liga president Javier Tebas said: “We will not accept the money for the liberation clause, the reason is that we have doubts that this money is in accordance with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules.”

Speaking to the Madrid-based paper AS prior to the announcement that Neymar had been granted permission to leave Barca training, Tebas slammed the French outfit and said they could not “gift” their supporters new players by “taking them” from others.

“The complaint is ready and will be presented to UEFA, the European Union and the Swiss courts,” Tebas said.

“Basically, the complaint will be over unfair competition and against teams that receive financial injections from owners that ‘gift’ players to their fans by taking them away from others. PSG are a clear example of ‘financial doping’ by club/state.

“PSG’s accounts reflect that they have more commercial income than Real Madrid or Manchester United, which is to say that their brand value is bigger than these two clubs. Well, that is impossible.”

Meanwhile, Barca have released a statement saying Neymar’s full €222m buyout must be met in order for the transfer to happen.

Barcelona earlier confirmed on Wednesday the 25-year-old had been allowed to miss training.

The club tweeted: “Neymar Jr hasn’t trained with the permission of the coach”.

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