Brazil forward Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, will miss Paris St-Germain’s first French league match of the season on Saturday after his documents failed to be lodged in time.
His international transfer certificate did not meet a midnight deadline, so he will watch the match against Amiens from the stands, the league said.
But he will be presented to supporters before the match at Parc des Princes.
Neymar, 25, joined the Ligue 1 club for a record fee of 222m euros (£200m).
He will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year.
In his first public appearance as a player for the French club on Friday, Neymar said it was “sad” that people thought that his move from Barcelona had been motivated by money.