Spain's La Liga rejects Neymar payment over PSG move: source
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[August 03, 2017]
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's La
Liga on Thursday rejected payment of a record-breaking release
clause that would allow Neymar to leave Barcelona for Paris St
Germain, a source from the national soccer league said.
A group of lawyers representing Brazilian Neymar visited La Liga in
Madrid on Thursday to try to settle the transfer and pay the 222
million-euro ($263 million) break fee.
It was not immediately clear whether La Liga's refusal to accept
payment would put the brakes on the transfer.
PSG's president Nasser al-Khelaifi declined to comment when asked
about the latest development during a visit to a children's holiday
camp outside Paris where France president Emmanuel Macron was also
"I'm here today on behalf of PSG's foundation," Qatari businessman
Spain's Marca newspaper reported that Neymar and his advisers would
turn to FIFA, world soccer's governing body, requesting a
provisional transfer to PSG.
The striker's agent Wagner Ribeiro had said on Wednesday that the
French club was ready to foot the bill so that Neymar could be
presented at PSG at the weekend.
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Barcelona soccer player Neymar attends a fashion event in Shanghai,
China July 31, 2017. Picture taken July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
La Liga president, Javier Tebas, had already warned
in an interview that Spain's league would not accept payment by PSG
to trigger the release clause, saying it was potentially in breach
of UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Under the those rules, a club's wage bill must not exceed 70 percent
of its revenue.
UEFA, European football's governing body, told Reuters on Wednesday
that had been no complaint received so far about PSG in this
respect, adding that it would not block any potential deal in
($1 = 0.8445 euros)
(Reporting by Michael Gore; Writing by Sarah White and Blanca
Rodriguez; Editing by Alison Williams)
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