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FIFA analyzing claim of irregularities in Neymar's transfer

MADRID (AP) FIFA says it is analyzing a Brazilian club's claim of irregularities involving Neymar's transfer to Barcelona two years ago.

Soccer's world governing body said Friday that Santos has filed a claim and ''the matter is currently pending and being investigated.''

Santos claims the Brazilian player and his agents broke the terms of Neymar's contract by starting negotiations with Barcelona without the Brazilian club's consent.

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If FIFA rules in Santos' favor it could potentially lead to sanctions against Barcelona and Neymar.

Santos says it's not trying to cause problems for its former star, only attempting to ''protect its rights and seek reparation of damages.''