RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 — Brazilian authorities said yesterday that football star Neymar was fined 16 million reais (US$3.33 million or RM15.5 million) for breaching environmental rules during the construction of his coastal mansion in southeastern Brazil.
The luxury project violated rules regarding the use and movement of freshwater sources, rock and sand, local authorities first alleged late last month and confirmed yesterday.
A spokesperson for Neymar declined to comment on the matter.
His residence is located in the town of Mangaratiba on the southern coast of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state.
Mangaratiba’s environmental body said in a statement yesterday that environmental infractions were made “in the construction of an artificial lake at the mansion.”
Besides the fine, the case will be probed by the local attorney general’s office, the state civil police and environmental protection office, among other environmental control bodies. — Reuters