Neymar asked UEFA to ban Barcelona from the Champions League after they failed to honour his £23million loyalty bonus, according to reports in Spain.

The Brazilian was advised by his lawyers to take the strongest possible action against his former club after they refused to pay the €26m (£23m) fee following his move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

And Spanish outlet AS report that UEFA were quick to reject Neymar's request to expel Barcelona from Europe's elite competition.

Neymar's £198m transfer to PSG was held up until August so the Brazilian's father would receive the loyalty payment owed by Barcelona after July 31.

But Barcelona refused to honour the bonus in Neymar's contract, with a club spokesman claiming he had reneged on the agreement after negotiating with other teams before the payment was due.