Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Barcelona taking action against Neymar over world-record move to PSG

Barcelona taking action against Neymar over world-record move to PSG

The Brazil worldwide made the move to the French club after they met his buyout clause earlier this month.

"FC Barcelona has started these proceedings to protect its interests following Neymar's decision to buy out his contract just months after he signed an extension until 2021".

PSG signed Neymar for a world record €222m (£203m) earlier this month.

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A statement on the Catalan club's official website read: "FC Barcelona have sent a claim to be made against Neymar for breach of contract to the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) for it to be passed on to the French Football Federation [FFF] and FIFA".

Barcelona, Neymar and his father and agent, Neymar Sr, are embroiled in a dispute over bonuses included in the five-year contract renewal he signed in 2016.

Following the transfer, Barcelona announced the club was withholding a further 26 million euro (£23 million) loyalty bonus from the player.

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Josep Vives, a spokesman for the club, said on 4 August: "The player hasn't fulfilled his contract with the club. given that breach the club will not pay this renewal bonus". "I'm very happy with the supporters, the performance of the team and all the players", Neymar told Canal +.

On Monday Neymar said Barcelona deserved "much more" than the current board of directors and added that it made him "very sad".

Neymar starred from beginning to end on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in a 6-2 thumping of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday. "For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca". I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy.

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