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Santos president confirms PSG have paid Neymar solidarity fee

PARIS -- Modesto Roma Junior, president of Neymar's formative club Santos, has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain have paid them nearly €9 million in solidarity money after the Brazil international's world-record €222m transfer from Barcelona.

Santos have been expecting this fee since Neymar, 25, swapped Camp Nou for Parc des Princes this summer and were owed it under FIFA rules.

"Yes, they have made the payment," Modesto Roma confirmed to ESPN Brasil. "We have received, I do not know the precise amount, but it is something around these R$ 34 million (€9m)."

Neymar, who has already scored seven goals and notched five assists from eight appearances -- all starts -- in Ligue 1 so far this season, specifically requested that his former club benefitted from the payment because he did not want them to go empty-handed after the biggest transfer in the history of football.

There was a significant chance that Santos never got to see any of that money because of the fact that the issue of Neymar's controversial move to Barca is unresolved in Brazilian courts.

According to FIFA's solidarity system, which states that up to five percent of all transfers that occur before a contract is completed must be shared with the formative club, Santos were entitled to part of the €222m fee paid by PSG to Barca.

After that, the total amount is calculated by the number of years the player spent at that club. In Neymar's case, that was 10 years -- from 2003-13 -- until he left for Barca.

Meanwhile, Neymar will miss the visit of Nice on Friday but will be back for the trip to Angers the following weekend after he scored during Le Classique but was also shown a red card after two quick-fire yellows at Stade Velodrome.

Regardless of his unavailability in the French top flight, he should feature at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League next week.

Neymar will have a one-match suspended sentence hanging over him once he is back in Ligue 1 action, which means that the next time he is punished, he will receive an additional game of suspension.

This means that if his next domestic ban -- Ligue 1, the Coupe de la Ligue or the Coupe de France -- is for accumulating too many bookings, he will get two matches -- plus another potential suspended sentence.

If Neymar is handed a three-game ban for a straight red card, that will become four -- again, plus a potential suspended sentence.