Neymar faces hefty potential fine over Brazil property work due to environmental infractions
Authorities in Rio de Janeiro state have stopped a significant construction project at Neymar’s mansion due to violations of environmental regulations. The football star could face a fine of approximately $1 million (£786,800) as a result.
According to a statement from the mayor’s office, the construction on the luxury property owned by a Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil national team player in Mangaratiba, located about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, was being carried out without the necessary environmental authorization.
The authorities became aware of complaints on social media and found several environmental violations, such as redirecting a waterway and extracting water from a river without permission.
They also discovered unauthorized digging and transportation of soil, stones, and rocks, as well as the use of beach sand without a permit.
“The next step will be to make an assessment of the irregularities found and issue a fine which, according to estimates and in view of the environmental damage caused, will not be less than five million reais (about $1 million),” the mayor’s office said.
Requests for comments has not been answered by Neymar’s representatives in Brazil.
The father of the football player, Neymar da Silva Santos, was present during the examination and can be seen in a video published by authorities and reported by local media, engaging in a dispute with officials.
Neymar acquired the property in 2016. As per local media reports, the property spans over 10,000 square meters (2.5 acres) and features amenities such as a helipad, spa, and gym.
The striker is currently in the process of recuperating from a surgery on his right ankle that took place in Doha, Qatar, in March.
He has been out of action since February, and there are uncertainties about his future with PSG.