Neymar's debut delayed again

It's been nearly a week since Neymar landed in Paris, and the world's most expensive player still can't play for his new club in the French league.

Neymar's world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was completed last week, but the Brazil international has yet to be granted permission to play.

PSG wanted Neymar to start the season last week at the Parc des Princes against Amiens but his debut was delayed because his international transfer certificate (ITC) had not been received by the French league on time.

Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans on Saturday, but was allowed only to watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win.

He was then expected to play this Sunday at Guingamp.

But the French league said in a message that it had not received the ITC from the Spanish federation by the midnight local time deadline on Thursday.

The French league sent an application for the document last Thursday, following the payment of the player's release clause to Barcelona.

The league, however, said Neymar could still be qualified for Sunday's game if PSG and the French federation decide against referring the issue to FIFA.

The French league added it "does not understand" why its Spanish counterpart "refuses to accept the payment for the buyout clause for Neymar."

Barcelona said there is nothing strange about the situation and that the wait is due to the banks, which have to make the 222 million euros available in the club's account before the transfer is authorized.

There has been speculation in France that Barcelona slowed down the whole process as a retaliation measure against PSG after the French league club lured one of its three biggest stars out of the Camp Nou.

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