How a 'digital army' paid for by French club Paris Saint-Germain smeared its opponents online

France — Investigation

An external agency paid by the Qatari-owned Paris club created an “army” of fake Twitter accounts which then carried out aggressive and foul-mouthed online smear campaigns, in particular against the media and some of the Paris football club's own leading figures. Mediapart and the sports newspaper L’Équipe were among the main targets. This “digital army” even had a go at PSG's French star Kylian Mbappé. Clément Fayol and Yann Philippin report.

French football boss says racism in football 'does not exist'

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Noël Le Graët's comments came after PSG star Neymar says he was subjected to a racist slur after being sent off.

How Neymar transfer became a financial abyss for PSG

International — Investigation

Documents from Football Leaks lift the lid on the real cost and the dealings behind the record-breaking transfer in the summer of 2017 of Brazilian football star Neymar from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Revealed here by Mediapart, they tell of massive commission payments, up-to-the-wire negotiations that almost collapsed amid a tetchy moment of bluff, tax dilemmas and the club’s suspicions that some of those accompanying the player to Paris were in undeclared employment. Meanwhile, despite the capture of one of the world’s most celebrated players, the transfer appears to represent a financial abyss for PSG.

Neymar says he followed his heart not his wallet in move to PSG

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Money was never motivating factor for his record 222 million-euro transfer from Barcelona, the Brazilian said on his arrival at Paris St Germain.

French football league backs Neymar's €222m transfer to PSG in Paris

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Frace's PLP says it 'does not understand' the decision by La Liga to hold up Barcelona star's record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.