Neymar Jr, the star player of Paris Saint-Germain, could be fined up to $1 million for environmental violations in his Brazilian property. The footballer bought the mansion in 2016 in Mangaratiba, a coastal town south of Rio de Janeiro. The mansion has a spa and a helipad on a 2.5 acre land.
However, Neymar’s construction project violated several rules regarding the use and movement of water sources, stones and sand. He allegedly diverted a waterway and moved beach sand without permission. The local authorities found out about the violations after seeing complaints on social media.
The mayor’s office said in a statement: “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].”
Neymar’s father, Neymar da Silva Santos, was present during the inspections and had a heated argument with the officials. He was threatened with arrest, but was not taken into custody.