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Neymar’s dubious deal

During this time every year, the world returns to buy-and-sell deals among international football clubs. This is the so-called transfer season. However, this year the transfer of the Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona club to Paris Saint-Germain club, was in the spotlight.

It made headlines not merely as sports news but as a political issue as well. The deal was exaggerated and unprecedented, prompting surprise and opening questions about the motives of this dubious deal across the world.

The reported amount that changed hands is 220 million euros, but other financial details, which were not disclosed, suggested that the total deal was between 500 and 800 million euros, which is of course, an astronomical figure that cannot be followed by a natural or normal sports deal.

Paris Saint-Germain is owned by the coup regime in Qatar and this regime has been making negative news headlines because of evidence and proof that Qatar and its regime are involved in financing and supporting terrorism in the Middle East.

It is a known fact that any amount exceeding one billion Qatari riyals must be approved by Hamad Bin Khalifa, the former Emir personally, and this is precisely what happened in the case of the purchase check for Neymar. The check was issued by Qatar National Bank owned by Hamad Bin Jassim personally, which proves that “Hamdeen” have the complete control on all affairs in the state of the coup regime in Qatar.

The dubious deal in which Qatar wants to score more than one point is that it is helping a great and gifted player of the most important country in Europe, its heart (France), to move to the country’s most popular club which enjoys the support in the street. The French media is therefore a pressure force on the French administration.

The Neymar deal has nothing to do with football but a new attempt by Qatar to change the subject and push away the terrorist financing files

Hussein Shobokshi

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This is a summary of what has been communicated to the leaders of the coup regime in Qatar regarding the Neymar deal. They have been told to regard it as a public relations and advertising campaign to improve the country and its regime’s image in one bold move that deserves any expensive payment.

But the deal raised some reservations among some of the European football federations, the first of which is the Spanish Federation, which called for an investigation into the dubious deal. It also called on the media to wait for the acceptance of the Qatari money because it may be dirty money like the Russian mafia and Colombian drug money, which is invested with the sole purpose of whitening it. Today the phenomenon is known internationally as money laundering.

The Qatari coup system has taken into account the importance of using and exploiting the most popular sports football around the world in order to improve its image and gain worldwide political attention. It sought to establish sports channels and purchased exclusive broadcasting rights for the most important sports tournaments in general and football in particular.

It won the right to host the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, with bribery and corruption charges, leading to investigations and resignations. It tried to transplant one of its employees (Ibn Hammam) in the corridors of decision-making of the International Federation of Football (FIFA), but he soon got exposed and was subsequently fired.

The Neymar deal has nothing to do with football but a new attempt by the coup in Qatar to change the subject and push away the finger on it in the terrorist financing files, but the issue is bigger and Neymar and his deal will not whiten the face of a black, bloody and ugly regime.

Blurb: It made headlines not merely as sports news but as a political issue as well. The deal was exaggerated and unprecedented, prompting surprise and opening questions about the motives of this dubious deal across the world.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on August 28, 2017.
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(Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa. His twitter handle is @husseinshoboksh.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 August 2017 KSA 11:37 - GMT 08:37
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