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Neymar Hits Back at Nike After Terminated Sponsorship Deal Worth £79million

Nevmar has hit out at Nike for lying over how their partnership ended last year
Nevmar has hit out at Nike for lying over how their partnership ended last year / David M. Benett/Getty Images

Neymar has hit back at Nike after reports emerged that the American sportswear brand sacked him for refusing to cooperate in an internal sexual allegations investigation.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Nike had decided to part ways with Neymar last year, despite signing him on a long-term contract, after an employee came forward with what it said were "credible" allegations against the player.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain star has denied the allegations and hit back on Instagram, saying: "I was not given the opportunity to defend myself. I've never had any kind of relationship or approach from this person. I didn't even have a chance to talk to her, to know the real reasons for her pain. That person, an employee, was not protected. I, a sponsored athlete, was not protected."

An initial statement from Nike last year said it ended its relationship with the Brazilian because "the athlete refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation of credible allegations of wrongdoing by an employee." An official statement read: "No single set of facts emerged that would enable us to speak substantively on the matter. It would be inappropriate for Nike to make an accusatory statement without being able to provide supporting facts."

Neymar denied the allegations and said he did not know the employee in question, adding on Instagram: "I really don't understand how a serious company can distort a business relationship that is supported by documents. Written words cannot be altered. They are very clear."

"Once again I am warned that I cannot comment in public. Against my own will, I shall obey. Irony of fate I will continue to stamp a brand on my chest that betrayed me. That's life for you! I remain firm and strong, believing that time, always this cruel time, will bring the true answers."