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Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Neymar

Brazil, Uruguay qualifier

still on in Recife

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP)

Uruguay will go ahead with a World Cup qualifier scheduled next month in Recife, the Brazilian city at the centre of an outbreak of the Zika virus.

"For the moment, we have no qualms about the location," Eduardo Belza, the national team's sports director, told The Associated Press.

"But it's a fluid situation, and we're very aware of what health officials in Brazil and Uruguay are saying."

The match will be played in the northeastern city on March 24.

Belza said players have been told to use mosquito repellents, bring long-sleeve shirts and avoid being out in the early morning or evening when mosquitoes are more prevalent.

Belza said he's already been to Recife and has chosen a hotel with tightly sealed windows and a ventilation system that keeps insects out of the building.

Neymar urged to come clean

MADRID (AP)

The Brazilian company that says it hasn't been properly compensated for Neymar's transfer to Barcelona wants him to come clean and put an end to his judicial problems in Spain and Brazil.

The co-founder of Grupo Sonda, which invested in Neymar early in his career, issued a public message to the player in a news conference yesterday in Madrid, saying he risks having his career tainted by a crime.

"You are an exceptional player and I wouldn't like to see you going down in history marked by a crime," Delcir Sonda said. "Hopefully, you will show the same maturity that you have on the field and will put an end to your judicial problems in Brazil and Spain. No one deserves this."

DIS, the investment group that belongs to Sonda, has claimed in court that it was financially damaged because Barcelona, Neymar, and Brazilian club Santos withheld the real amount of the player's transfer fee in 2013. DIS was entitled to 40 per cent of the total transfer amount.

Neymar and his father appeared before a judge in Madrid on Tuesday to testify in an investigation into the transfer. Former and current Barcelona presidents also were questioned by a judge this week, as well as representatives of Santos. They have all denied wrongdoing. The Brazilian club claims it also has been hurt in the transfer.