“Very happy that players are coming to pay a lot of taxes”, Darmanin brushes aside the controversy over Neymar’s transfer

“Very happy that players are coming to pay a lot of taxes”, Darmanin brushes aside the controversy over Neymar’s transfer

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Published 15 minutes ago, Updated 4 minutes ago

Gérald Darmanin says he is “very happy” that footballers like Neymar come to France and “pay a lot of taxes”. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

Accused by Mediapart of having helped PSG in 2017 to avoid a large tax on the record transfer of Neymar, the Minister of the Interior defended his choice this Monday.

Visiting Seine-Saint-Denis this Monday to the various Olympic sites, Gérald Darmanin was questioned about recent revelations from Mediapart concerning him. An investigation accuses the Minister of the Interior, who at the time held the post of Minister of Public Accounts, of having helped PSG avoid taxation on the record transfer of Neymar in the summer of 2017 (220 million euros), from FC Barcelona.

«I am very happy that football and rugby players come to our territory and pay a lot of taxes and charge a lot of taxes, Gérald Darmanin defended himself, without confirming the favor granted. If Mr. Neymar had not come, no tax would have been paid, no football jersey in his name would have been sold, and no social security contributions would have been collected.»

Last week, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also brushed aside the subject, using the same arguments. “I have no comment to make on that, there is nothing illegal in this review that was done. Neymar came to France and contributed to the wealth of our country and the influence of part of our football. I have no comment to make once again, nothing illegal in all this. My ministry has not been associated with these dimensions at all. This is absolutely without comment on my part», indicated the Minister of National Education and Sports.

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