Brazilian prosecutors said Wednesday they were investigating reports that soccer star Neymar hosted an end-of-year mega-party at his luxurious home near Rio de Janeiro, despite public health measures to curb the rise in deaths from coronavirus.
Sources close to the forward denied that he had plans to host such an extravagance, while the Paris Saint-German player added to the mystery simply by posting photos of himself with a friend on a yacht off a beach in the southern state of Santa Catarina.
The Rio Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that it had opened an investigation after receiving “several complaints, based on information released by the press, about the events sponsored by the player Neymar.”
The prosecution also urged Neymar, as well as the exclusive community where his mansion and another neighboring residential complex are located, to urgently clarify “the number of guests, the organization of parties and the sanitary measures that have been implemented” . . “
One of Neymar’s assistants told AFP that he did not know if the player will see him in 2021 in his luxurious mansion in Mangaratiba, a small town 130 km from Rio, or if he will stay in Santa Catarina.
Media reports of a planned party attended by between 150 and 500 people sparked a wave of criticism at a time when scientists in Brazil, one of the world’s most affected countries, are pushing for social distancing and social distancing. isolation to avoid aggravating a pandemic that has already cost some 194,000 lives there.
However, such a party would not be illegal, as the state of Rio de Janeiro has not banned parties in private residences and the Mangaratiba city council admitted that it did not have the power to intervene.
AFP flew over the area where the mansion is located on Wednesday, without observing signs of party preparations on the ground.
Neymar bought the mansion in 2016, and according to media reports, the 10,000-square-meter property features a helipad, tennis courts, a spa, a sauna, a massage room, a gym, and areas for food and drinks.