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

06 May 2017, 02:25 | Kristine Mills

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

Neymar Asked to Stand Trial For Fraud By Spanish Court

Barcelona star Neymar is set for a date in court on corruption charges relating to his 2013 transfer from Brazilian club Santos, with prosecutors recommending he serve a two-year jail sentence.

The Spanish National High Court has confirmed that Neymar, his parents, the Barcelona president and his predecessor will all stand trial on allegations of fraud and corruption.

When in 2014, Barcelona chose to reveal the details of the transfer fee, it turned out to be much higher than the initial €57.1 million figure quoted by the-then club vice-president Bartomeu.

But Spanish authorities believe the real transfer fee was at least €83m euros (£70.3m).

Prosecutors are demanding two years' imprisonment and a fine of €10 million for Neymar, and five years' incarceration for Rosell.

The case initiated with a complaint from Brazilian investment company DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar s sporting rights at the time of his transfer.

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DIS received a 40 percent share of the remaining €17.1 million (about R256.2m) that was paid toSantos.

Neymar is not the first Barcelona player to get into trouble with the Spanish authorities.

The two clubs, Barcelona and Brazil's Santos, were also ordered to stand trial.

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

In July 2016 a judge ruled that irregularities in the transfer were detected but said it was an issue for a civil court, not a criminal court, to settle. But the court put the actual value of the rights to the player that were transferred to Barcelona at 25.2 million euros, and said DIS's cut should have been based on that amount.

Yet the trial will do nothing to improve Barcelona's image, after teammates Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano were both handed suspended jail sentences for similar offences.



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