The Latest: French league backs PSG on Neymar transfer snag | National Sports – Arizona News

The Latest: French league backs PSG on Neymar transfer snag | National Sports – Arizona News

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the expected move of Brazil soccer star Neymar from Barcelona to PSG (all times local):

The French football league is throwing its support behind Paris Saint-Germain in its bid to sign Neymar from Barcelona.

In a statement published Thursday, the LFP said it is surprised that its Spanish counterpart refused to accept the payment of Neymar’s release clause.

The LFP added it “supports Paris Saint-Germain and wishes Neymar’s arrival in the Ligue 1 championship.”

The LFP insisted that Spain’s La Liga should stick to FIFA rules and clear the way for Neymar’s transfer, adding that its legal services were at PSG’s disposal to make sure a deal is agreed “as soon as possible.”

Barcelona says it is “waiting to see how the situation develops” after the Spanish league refused to accept the payment of Neymar’s release clause that would clear his way to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

A Barcelona official tells The Associated Press that the club will make no comment about the league’s refusal and it is “waiting to see how the situation develops.”

The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity in line with club policy.

Neymar’s representatives unsuccessfully tried to pay the 222 million euro ($262 million) buyout clause Thursday at the Spanish league’s office.

The Spanish league rejected the payment and refused to act as an intermediary. League president Javier Tebas has claimed that PSG is breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by trying to…

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