Brazil's Neymar scores win against Playboy

Last updated 08:59 27/06/2014
WINNING: Brazil forward Neymar has won an appeal to have the local June edition of Playboy magazine, which claimed to feature his ex-girlfriend, removed from the stands.

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The cover of the latest issue of Brazilian Playboy carries a photo of a stunning model posing sensuously in a swimming suit with the headline: ''Patricia Jordane, the brunette that enchanted Neymar.''  

Apparently, she wasn't charming enough.  

Neymar's agents filed an appeal to a Sao Paulo court to have the edition pulled from newsstands nationwide - and a judge agreed.  

Judge Andreia Galgardo Palma ruled the magazine could no longer be sold and ordered its publisher to pick up all unsold copies from newsstands.  

The request for the restraining order was made by NR Sports, the company that manages Neymar's career.  

In a statement on its website, NR Sports said this week the magazine published a lie about Neymar's personal life and used his name without its authorisation.

It offered no details.  

The judge said the publisher would be fined about US$4500 (NZ$5123) a day if it failed to obey her order.

Publisher Grupo Abril can appeal the ruling, but had yet to say if it would.  

Sergio Xavier, the editor of Brazilian Playboy, said in an email that as yet the magazine hadn't been notified by any legal authority that it had to pull the June edition, and that ''the magazine remains available'' across the country.  

Shortly before Playboy hit the newsstands earlier this month, Jordane told reporters she had once been romantically involved with Neymar.  

She said they had dated for about three months in 2013 and that the relationship ended when Neymar started seeing his current girlfriend, Brazilian TV star Bruna Marquezine. 

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