Neymar had been sued by referee Sandro Meira Ricci after a message on the player’s Twitter said the referee was a “thief” and would have to leave a match “escorted by police.” Another said that “my Santos is always harmed by the refereeing.”
Neymar, touted as a future Brazilian star, didn’t play in the match and was watching it from TV. He said it was a friend who posted the messages.
The Globoesporte.com website said Saturday that a court ruled against Neymar two months ago, but the payments were only made now. Ricci donated the money to charities.
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