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Neymar will be tried for alleged fraud and corruption committed during his transfer to Barcelona

In addition to the soccer player, his parents, two former presidents of Barça, and a former director of Santos will go to trial for the same charges.

Spanish authorities have set the start date of the trial against the Brazilian soccer player Neymar, who is accused of having committed a tax fraud and a series of alleged irregularities in his transfer from Santos football club to Barcelona in 2013, informs the EFE agency.

According to the reports, the first part of the trial against the player, and five others involved in the case, will take place on October 17 at the Barcelona Court, just over a month before the opening match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The judicial process was opened in 2017 after the Brazilian investment fund DIS, which owned 40% of the athlete’s rights, filed a lawsuit considering that Neymar’s transfer was unfair. irregular shape.

The star Brazilian, his parents, two former Barça presidents (Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu) and a former Santos manager are facing charges of corruption between individuals, business bribery, and fraud.

Officially, Barcelona valued the transfer of Neymar for 57.1 million euros: 40 for the athlete’s family and 17.1 to be shared between the Sao Paulo team and the DIS group. However, the Spanish Justice estimates that the final amount of the agreement is at least 83 million euros.

The Prosecutor’s Office requests two years in prison for the Brazilian attacker and the payment of a fine of 10 million euros, while the plaintiff requests that the penalty is for five years and that he be disabled to a footballer to play professionally during that period.


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