Spanish court orders Barca's Neymar to stand trial for fraud

Posted May 06, 2017

Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents will stand trial over alleged fraud and corruption, making the Brazilian the latest football superstar to have to take the stand, a Spanish court ordered on Thursday.

"We are very happy as this was a favourable decision for us", he said.

"It has eliminated the question of fraud in the contracts, and we are also certain that we will be absolved of corruption".

Brazilian investment company DIS argue that they are owed 40 per cent of the additional fee, as they owned that percentage of the midfielder's image rights at the time of his transfer to Catalonia.

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Prosecutors have recommended two years in prison for Neymar, according to local media.

The transfer figure originally published by Barcelona was €57.1m (£48.4m) with €40m euros (£33.9m) of that given to his family, but Spanish authorities believe the real transfer fee was at least €83m euros (£70.3m). DIS received €6.8 million of the supposed €17 million received by Santos.

Sentences for first time offenders of non-violent crimes with a jail-term of two years or under are suspended in Spain meaning jail time is unlikely.

"The Judge has set bonds of 3,429,768 euros as pecuniary liability for Rosell, Bartomeu, Rodrigues, Football Club Barcelona and Santos Football Club, which must be paid by all jointly", the court said in a statement.

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Barcelona did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The 25-year-old striker is being investigated in Brazil and Spain over his headline move to La Liga. Last summer Barcelona paid a fine of €5.5 million to the Spanish authorities to settle a related tax fraud case.

They are also seeking fines of €10million against Neymar's family.

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