10 August 2017
PSG’s new signing, Neymar Jr., was forced to watch from the stands on Sunday as his new team started the season with a 2 – 1 win over Amien even though he was unveiled to fans on Saturday.
The former Barcelona man might now have to endure the same experience on Sunday as his wait for his debut will likely extend beyond this weekend if La Liga do not release the necessary documents about his transfer.
Following his day off last Sunday, the former Santos player was texpected to play on Sunday night at Guingamp at the 18,000-capacity Stade du Roudourou, but PSG fans might have to wait a bit longer to see the star in action.
The French league wrote in an email Thursday that it had not received the document needed from the Spanish federation. It added the deadline for receiving the document was midnight local time.
The French league added that it ‘does not understand’ why its Spanish counterpart ‘refuses to accept the payment for the buyout clause for Neymar.’
There has been speculation in France that Barcelona slowed down the whole process as a retaliation measure against PSG after the French league club lured one of their its players out of the Camp Nou.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, PSG is unlikely to ask FIFA to rule on the issue because it could slow down proceedings further.
French football federation president Noel Le Graet said another reason for the delay could be the current turmoil within the Spanish federation.