Neymar has called on UEFA to expel Barcelona from the Champions League in a dispute over a bonus payment.
It has been reported that representatives of the Brazilian player made the request to European football’s governing body as a row continues between the player and his old club over a loyalty bonus.
Neymar, 25, completed a world record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer. However, his camp have insisted that the timing of the move mean that the club are obliged to pay him a loyalty bonus, reportedly of around £23 million.
Barcelona are reported to have refused the request and are now seeking repayment of a contract renewal bonus that Neymar received when he signed a new five-year contract with the Catalan club in the autumn of 2016. Barcelona have said that the payment was worth £7.6 million.
Now Neymar, who was once a favourite at Barcelona, has called upon UEFA to kick the five-time European champions out of this season’s competition.
So far there has been no response from UEFA to Neymar’s letter.
At the beginning of September UEFA announced that it was opening an investigation into PSG’s summer spending to establish if the French club has complied with the Financial Fair Play regulations.
In addition to activating the release clause in Neymar’s contract, which led to the world record transfer fee of £198 million, the club also reached a loan agreement with Monaco to bring in the France striker Kylian Mbappe with the option to buy him on a permanent basis next summer for a reported fee of £166 million.
This week PSG will play Anderlecht in the Champions League and Barcelona will play Olympiakos Piraeus.