SUPERSTAR footballer Neymar was let into Britain by immigration officers despite forgetting his passport, The Sun reports. The Brazilian captain was quizzed by officials after jetting into Luton Airport on Tuesday.
An onlooker said the £8.2million-a-year Barcelona forward told them he had to go to an important meeting. He is understood to have had checks on his identity before being waved through.
Neymar, 24, then went straight to department store Selfridges in London’s Oxford Street to promote Replay jeans, for which he is an ambassador. The onlooker said: “I think the staff at the airport were quite starstruck at seeing him.
“It isn’t every day they come across one of the best footballers in the world. “He told them he had a very important meeting, but it doesn’t seem that way as he was pictured later at Selfridges. “I do not think he should have been let in.
“If it was a non- celebrity who people didn’t know they wouldn’t even have managed to leave Spain, let alone be let in here once they’re at Luton.” Neymar was looking relaxed as he waited with a pal in the VIP lounge at Luton.
He was joined by rapper Professor Green and model Daisy Lowe at the jeans launch. It is believed Neymar spent just one day here as he was due back for training before Barcelona play on Sunday.
Neymar showed airport staff a number of documents, but the crucial one was his Spanish residency card. A Home Office spokesman said it was unable to comment on individuals.
He added: “In exceptional circumstances and when all checks have taken place, including to verify their identity, a non-EU national can be allowed in the UK without a passport.”
Neymar’s spokesman said: “Immigration verified the legality of his ID and let him go 15 minutes later.”
UK checks ‘rigorous’
NON-EU nationals can only enter the UK without a passport after strict checks verifying their identity. The Home Office said such individuals are scrutinised rigorously and there have to be exceptional circumstances.