Neymar backed by Santos for reportedly partying
Santos said reports that Neymar partied with prostitutes at the
team’s hotel show there is a conspiracy to try to make him leave
The Lance sports daily reported Wednesday that security cameras
captured Neymar and some teammates with prostitutes at the
Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro did not confirm or deny
that his players had invited a group of women to their rooms after
a 2-1 victory over Gremio in the Brazilian league on Aug. 26.
However, Ribeiro accused ”some people” of trying to
”demonize” Neymar and turn the fans against him in a bid to
expedite his transfer to European football.
”They are trying to make Neymar look like a bad boy, something
he isn’t,” Ribeiro said. ”It seems there is a conspiracy to get
him to leave Brazilian football.”
Neymar ignored a huge offer from Chelsea in August to extend his
contract with Santos until 2015.
Ribeiro also criticized a recent story by English newspaper The
Sun, which said Neymar still wants to play for Chelsea. The
president said the comments are from before Santos rejected
Chelsea’s offer and only benefits those who want Neymar to
Ribeiro said that, within reason, his players are free to do
what they want after a match and dismissed any prospect of
Lance said the incident was the first of many that eventually
led to the dismissal of coach Dorival Junior from Santos last
The 18-year-old Neymar made headlines by criticizing Junior and
his teammates after the coach didn’t allow him to take a penalty in
a match on Sept. 15.
Neymar was fined by Santos and apologized for his behavior. But
the coach said that wasn’t not enough, requesting club directors
suspend the player indefinitely. The disagreement led to his
dismissal on Sept. 22.
The incident cost Neymar a spot in Brazil’s national team for
this week’s friendlies against Iran and Ukraine.