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Neymar to throw New Year party for 150

A New Year party for 150 people thrown by Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar will go ahead with strict health rules to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, organisers say.

The Paris Saint Germain forward has come under heavy criticism since details of the event came to light in a Rio de Janeiro newspaper over the weekend.

But party organisers say reports that 500 friends and celebrities were due to attend were not true and that only 150 people would be at the celebration.

“The event will take place in compliance with all the sanitary norms as determined by public bodies,” the Fabrica agency said in a statement.

The multi-day event will be held in Mangaratiba, around 105km down the coast from Rio.

The event is private and all relevant permissions have been obtained, Fabrica added.

Local authorities at Mangaratiba were unavailable for comment. Neymar’s press office did not immediately respond to text messages.

Brazil has had nearly 7.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the third highest in the world, and 191,139 deaths, the second highest after the United States, according to health ministry figures.

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