McDonald's have withdrawn a series of controversial advertisements featuring the image of Neymar from Mecca after they were deemed to be in violation of the "religious sanctity" of the holy city, writes Marca.
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The 24-year-old featured in a series of banners which promoted a competition to meet the Barcelona and Brazil star.
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Neymar, who regularly performs Christian gestures on the playing field, drew criticism on social media with users accusing the commercials of harming Mecca's religious prestige. However, it is unknown whether Neymar's religion was the reason for the removal of the advertisements.