Neymar and Others Won’t Be Fined For Leaving France During Coronavirus Crisis

When I get something wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it.

Earlier today, I published a piece about how Neymar Jr. and Thiago Silva could be fined for leaving France and traveling to Brazil to quarantine themselves in a familiar setting during the coronavirus pandemic.

That is incorrect. Not only did Paris Saint-Germain give the players permission to do whatever they felt was most comfortable to them and their families during this crisis, but the French government’s rules restricting travel doesn’t apply to non-citizens who want to return to their home countries.

Therefore, the fine of up to €135 imposed by the French government upon those who leave their house for non-essential reasons wouldn’t apply to Neymar, Silva, or any other PSG player or staff member who left France to return to their native country.

As reported by Le Parisien, Neymar left on a jet earlier this week, so he likely departed before Tuesday’s travel ban on French citizens went into effect.

While Neymar and Silva are in Brazil, Marquinhos remained in Paris as did Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera according to the French publication.

France has recorded more than 9,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 148 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University. It’s one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe while Brazil has seen fewer cases (350) and two deaths.

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