Brazilian justice has opened an investigation into the supposed giant New Year’s Eve party organized by Neymar in his villa on the coast 130 km from Rio de Janeiro in the midst of a pandemic, the prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday, December 30.
The entourage of the Brazilian striker of Paris SG deny, while to thicken the mystery, the player, who remained silent, posted a photo of him with a friend on a yacht on the beach of Santa Catarina, in the south of the country, more than 1,000 km from its property.
The Rio prosecutor said in a statement that he opened an investigation after receiving “Several complaints, based on information disclosed by the press, concerning the events organized by the player Neymar”.
She asked the Seleção star, as well as the condominium where the villa is located and another nearby residential complex, to provide “Emergency” details on “The number of guests, the organization of parties and any sanitary measures taken”.
The event, which was scheduled to take place over several days from last weekend, with 150 to 500 guests, has sparked a wave of criticism, as scientists recommend limiting contacts to prevent the pandemic, which has already kills nearly 194,000 in Brazil, does not get worse.
But legally, the state of Rio de Janeiro does not prohibit parties in private residences and the town hall of Mangaratiba admitted in a statement. “Not to have the power” to intervene.
Day Crespo, one of Neymar’s representatives, said on Wednesday that the Paris Saint-Germain striker was not even in the district of Rio de Janeiro state where the supposed party was to take place. “Neymar Jr will not organize any party this year, we are in a full-fledged pandemic and he is with his friends and family members”, she said.
The Brazilian daily Or Balloon reported on Saturday that the player had a party he called ‘Neymarpalooza’ and that many guests had landed at a nearby airfield rented by Neymar. Two Brazilian friends posted photos on Instagram showing their arrival in Mangaratiba and wearing blue bracelets that would have allowed them to participate in the party.
On Monday, a company named Fabrica said in a statement that it hosted a party for 150 people, but did not mention Neymar. The company said it “Had followed all the health measures” set by local authorities, including COVID-19 testing for all customers and social distancing rules.