French League Condemns La Liga Over Neymar Cheque Refusal

Ligue 1 Calls For Neymar Deal To Go Through

Ligue 1 Neymar

The decision by La Liga to refuse to accept Paris Saint-Germain’s €222million cheque for Barcelona striker Neymar has been condemned by the French football league.

Lawyers representing PSG arrived at the La Liga headquarters in Madrid this morning along with a cheque for the amount of the release clause in his contract with Barcelona. The payment of release clauses is done via La Liga and the Spanish FA. La Liga sent away the lawyers and refused to take the cheque.

But in a statement this afternoon, the French league has called for the transfer to go through immediately.

“The LFP (Ligue de Football Professionel) is surprised and does not understand the refusal of La Liga not to simply accept payment of Neymar’s termination clause,” the league said on its website.

“The LFP asks La Liga to abide by the FIFA rules and its responsibilities.

“The LFP supports Paris Saint-Germain and wishes for Neymar to join the Ligue 1 championship.
The legal services of the LFP are in support of and are at the disposal of Paris Saint-Germain so that the Neymar contract is approved as soon as possible.”

La Liga said on refusing the cheque that it was concerned that it didn’t know the origins of the money. League president Javier Tebas insisted on Thursday that his organisation wasn’t looking to block the move from taking place.

“We do not have the objective of preventing the transfer by our actions,” he told French newspaper L’Equipe.

“Our actions are designed to prevent the use of La Liga as a mechanism for an unlawful end.”

Paris Saint-Germain were hoping to unveil Neymar as their new player on Friday. That will not now happen. He had a medical in the Portugese city of Porto on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his father, Neymar senior, and a Fifa-registered agent Wagner Ribeiro.

The French club are now likely to appeal to Fifa and Uefa to allow the deal to go through.