Brazilian soccer star Neymar fined over $4 million for illegally building an artificial lake at his mansion

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Brazilian soccer star Neymar was fined more than $3.3 million (approx $4.3M CAD) for violating local environmental rules during renovations at his mansion in the city of Mangaratiba outside Rio de Janeiro.

The Mangaratiba city hall said in a statement Monday night it had issued four fines totalling about 16 million Brazilian reals after Neymar was accused of illegally building an artificial lake at his mansion.

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“Among the dozens of infractions that were noticed at the player’s property are the start of an unauthorized construction which requires environmental control; capture of a river course and detouring it without authorization; moving rock and sand; suppressing vegetation without authorization and non-compliance of an embargo,” the statement said.

A spokesperson for the 31-year-old Neymar declined to comment on the issue after a request from The Associated Press. The Paris Saint-Germain striker can appeal the decision, which will be handed to police for possible prosecution.

The company that built the artificial lake, Genesis Ecossistemas, celebrated the 10-day job for Neymar in its social media channels. It said the lake is 1,000 square meters (10,764 square feet).

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