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FIFA have thrown out a complaint made by Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar in which the Brazilian suggested he was owed £23 million by former club Barcelona.

As noted by Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports News, “the world governing body has closed an investigation after legal action was taken elsewhere over the same complaint.”

Per the Press Association (h/t Sky Sports), Neymar believed he had fulfilled the requirements for a loyalty bonus during his time at Barca, and after the La Liga side decided against paying the sum, he wanted his former team expelled from the UEFA Champions League.

The following statement was provided to Sky Sports News from a FIFA representative on the matter:

“After having been made aware that, apparently, the same matter had been submitted in parallel before different jurisdictions, by the same party, the FIFA administration informed the parties to the dispute that, based on the long-standing and well-established jurisprudence of FIFA’s deciding bodies, it did not seem to be in a position to continue with the investigation of the affair.

“The proceedings were therefore closed for formal reasons.”


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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