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Real Madrid deny involvement in Neymar row
Jan 28, 2014 12:53 PM EST
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has strongly denied reports linking him to the ongoing furore over Barcelona's purchase of Neymar.
Reports emerging from Catalan radio station RAC1 on Monday claimed that Perez may have been behind Barca member Jordi Cases' requests for the €57.1million move to be investigated.
It has since emerged that €40m of the fee was in fact paid to an agency owned by Neymar's parents, with the forward's former club Santos seeing little of the sum total.
Barca president Sandro Rosell stepped down from his role last week, citing threats against himself and his family in the midst of the row as a key factor.
But Perez has denied any involvement in the controversy, and has threatened legal action in a bid to clear his name.
A club statement read: "After the serious statements made last night on RAC 1 by journalist Xavi Bosch, president of Real Madrid CF, Florentino Perez, wants to state the following:
"The claim that aims to absurdly involve the president of Real Madrid with the judicial process initiated as a result of the lawsuit filed by a member of FC Barcelona against the then president Sandro Rosell is flatly false.
"The president of Real Madrid requires the journalist and author of such false statements to clearly and immediately withdraw their claims by the same means of communication.
"If this correction does not occur, the president of Real Madrid will present a lawsuit against the journalist, in defence of the right to honour and privacy."