Brazilian prosecutors mentioned Wednesday they had been investigating stories that soccer star Neymar has organized a New Year’s Eve mega-party at his luxurious house close to Rio de Janeiro, regardless of public well being measures to curb rising coronavirus deaths.
Sources near the striker denied he had plans to host such an extravaganza, whereas the Paris Saint-German participant added to the thriller by merely posting photos of himself with a good friend on a yacht off a seashore within the southern state of Santa Catarina.
The Rio Prosecutor’s Office mentioned in a press release that it had opened an investigation after receiving “several claims, based on information released by the press, about the events sponsored by the player Neymar.”
The prosecutor’s workplace additionally urged Neymar, in addition to the unique group the place his mansion is positioned and one other neighboring residential advanced, to urgently present clarifications as to “the number of guests, the organization of parties and any health measures they might have put in place.”
One of Neymar’s assistants instructed AFP he had didn’t know whether or not the participant will see in 2021 in his luxurious mansion in Mangaratiba, a small city 130 km (85 miles) from Rio, or if he’ll keep in Santa Catarina.
Media stories a couple of deliberate get together attended by between 150 and 500 folks triggered a wave of criticism at a time when scientists in Brazil, one of many worst-hit nations on the planet, are pushing for social distancing and isolation to keep away from worsening a pandemic that has already price some 194,000 lives there.
Such a celebration wouldn’t nonetheless be unlawful, for the reason that state of Rio de Janeiro has not banned events in non-public residences and the Mangaratiba metropolis council admitted it didn’t have the facility to intervene.
The AFP flew over the world the place the mansion is positioned on Wednesday, with out observing any indicators of get together preparations on the grounds.
Neymar purchased the mansion in 2016 and in accordance with media stories, the 10,000 sq. meter property incorporates a helipad, tennis courts, a spa, a sauna, a therapeutic massage room, a health club and areas for meals and drinks.