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Neymar debut could be delayed

11 August 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 11/08/17 8:35am

Neymar is hoping to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut this weekend

Neymar is hoping to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut this weekend

Neymar could have to wait to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut because of further delays over paperwork.

The French league says it still has not received the international transfer certificate from the Spanish federation which would allow him to play, nearly a week since he landed in Paris.

Neymar’s world-record £198m transfer from Barcelona to the Ligue 1 was completed last week, but the Brazil international was only allowed to watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win at home against Amiens.

The Brazil international had to watch from the stands as PSG started their league campaign with victory

The Brazil international had to watch from the stands as PSG started their league campaign with victory

The Brazil international had to watch from the stands as PSG started their league campaign with victory

He was then expected to play this Sunday at Guingamp, but further paperwork delays could scupper those plans.

However, the league said Neymar could still be qualified for Sunday’s game if PSG and the French federation decide against referring the issue to FIFA.

“If the French federation does not start proceedings with FIFA, we could still receive the ITC up until Saturday night,” the league said.

FIFA meanwhile says it “has not been contacted by the FFF (French Football Federation) in connection with the player Neymar and the ITC procedure.”

Neymar’s former club Barcelona said there is nothing strange about the situation and that the wait is due to the banks, which have to make the money available in the club’s account before the transfer is authorised.


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