A Brazilian judge has suspended the suspension of a payment of 14.7 million euros by soccer star Neymar to the tax authorities in his country, dating back to the period before his transfer to Barcelona in 2013.
The judge, at the Court of First Instance in Santos, State of Sao Paulo, said that the decision to suspend will remain in place "until further notice", against the background that the amount required to be paid by the French Saint-Germain striker, is not clearly defined.
According to press reports, the local authorities lodged an appeal.
In September 2015, the authorities had frozen up to 188.8 million Brazilian riyals (43 million euros, according to the exchange rates of the day), from the Brazilian player's assets, due to tax violations in the period between 2011 and 2013, related to the rights of the image belonging to him in The last two years with club Santos.
In 2017, Neymar reached an agreement to resolve the issue, through which he would pay 2.1 million euros to the authorities to close the file. However, the tax authorities returned the following year and indicated that the required amount from the player was approximately 16 million, according to the exchange rate at the time.
The Brazilian moved from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, in a transfer deal that sparked controversy and judicial complaints. The Catalan club revealed that it paid 57.1 million euros to contract Neymar, while the Spanish judiciary estimates the amount that was actually paid at 83.3 million.
The decision will remain in effect "until further notice."