(Rio de Janeiro) “Major construction” work at Neymar’s mansion in Rio de Janeiro state was halted on Thursday for “environmental offences”, which could see him fined around 1.3 million dollars. Canadian dollars, authorities said.

Work was underway “without environmental clearance” on the luxury property of the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil national team player in Mangaratiba, some 120 kilometers west of Rio de Janeiro, the town hall said in a statement. a statement.

Authorities, alerted by complaints posted on social media, uncovered “various environmental violations”, including the diversion of a watercourse and the unauthorized extraction of water from a river.

They also discovered unauthorized excavation and movement of soil, stones and rocks, as well as the use of beach sand without a permit.

“The next step will be to assess the irregularities found and impose a fine which, according to estimates and taking into account the damage caused to the environment, will not be less than five million reais,” the town hall said.

Neymar’s representatives in Brazil did not respond to AFP’s request for comment.

The footballer’s father, Neymar da Silva Santos, was on hand during the inspection and can be heard arguing with officials in a video released by authorities and picked up by local media.

Neymar bought the property in 2016. According to local media, it is spread over 10,000 square meters of land and includes a helipad, spa and gym.

The 31-year-old striker is currently recovering from surgery on his right ankle which he underwent in March.

He hasn’t played since February and doubts have arisen over his future at PSG with whom he is linked until 2027.