Santos Demand Barcelona Pay 3.73 M For Unplayed Match

Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyGolder’s News And Sport

Brazilian club giants Santos have demanded 3.73 million GBP from Barcelona for failing to play an agreed friendly match in Brazil and have threatened to sue if not paid.

The clubs reportedly agreed to play two friendly matches where Brazil international Neymar, 28, was to be present, and one of which was to be played in Brazil, as part of the transfer deal that took the superstar to Barcelona in 2013.

Local media said only part of the agreement was kept when the two clubs faced each other in Barcelona’s 8-0 victory for the Joan Gamper Trophy that took place in Spain.

Santos claimed the second match, which was supposed to happen in Brazil, never occurred and are demanding Barcelona pay them 4.5 million EUR (3.73 million GBP) in compensation.

According to Spanish newspaper, ‘El Mundo’ Barcelona received an urgent fax recently sent on behalf of a Santos lawyer which said there “have been innumerable attempts on behalf of my mandate for the fulfilment of the agreements that were reached.

“So without further delay, the execution of the claim of the established penal clause must be carried out, as the failure to comply is entirely unrelated to the will of Santos Futbole Clube.”

Local media said the Brazilian club will take Barcelona to court if they are not paid the amount and will also ask that the club pays for legal fees if it reaches that point.

Santos has reportedly asked for the amount in the past but after failing to obtain the money from Barcelona, have decided to give them one final opportunity before pursuing legal action.

It is unclear if Barcelona plan to pay Santos or dispute their claims.

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