La liga refuses attempt by PSG Lawyers to pay Neymar’s £198million fee
Officials handling Neymar’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain have been seen arriving at and leaving La Liga’s Madrid offices as the controversy over their €222m [£198m] offer continues to develop.
La Liga have been vocal in their attempt to block the deal from going through under Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules, but the governing body confirmed that they have no jurisdiction to do so and that they cannot stand in the way of PSG – or anyone else – triggering the £198m release clause.
Five men, including Spanish sports lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo, were seen arriving at the La Liga offices on Thursday morning with what was reported to be a bank document confirming the offer that will be made to activate the 25-year-old’s release clause, before leaving the building soon after.
The La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has been vocal in his promise to block the deal even though he cannot do so, and La Liga soon confirmed after the group’s departure that the Spanish league had attempted to do exactly that by rejecting the offer.
“We can confirm that the lawyers of the player (Neymar) have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected. It is all the information we will give so far,” a La Liga statement read.
While La Liga cannot block the move given it is the activation of a release clause within Neymar’s contract, Barcelona can make an official complaint to Uefa if they feel that an indiscretion has taken place, or Uefa can choose to investigate if they suspect any wrongdoing.
All five refused to entertain questions from the Spanish press in attendance outside the offices, and left in a black people carrier immediately.
Uefa issued a statement to confirm that the rules of FFP remain “exceptionally serious” and that it will ensure “all clubs must abide by the rules of FFP or face the consequences”.
“Uefa is exceptionally serious about the enforcement of FFP and keen that its success in stabilising the finances of European football continues.”
Source: Independent Sports