Neymar and Barcelona back in Spanish court over transfer fraud allegations

Neymar ordered to stand trial for corruption

Barcelona star Neymar has been ordered to stand trial on fraud and corruption charges alongside his parents, and his two clubs, Barcelona and Santos.

The 25-year-old will be joined by current and former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, as well as former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues who all face additional fraud charges.

Last summer the case was archived but Spanish prosecutors overturned that ruling, plus appeals which have tried to stop Neymar from appearing in court have been rejected as he's now been ordered to stand trial.

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

Prosecutors said in November that Neymar should be fined €10m (£8.5m) and handed a two-year jail sentence. However, in Spain sentences of less than two years are often suspended for first-time offenders.




When in 2014, Barcelona made a decision 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.

DIS received a 40 per cent share of the leftover €17m yet the court believes the actual fee paid to Santos was €25m. Bail has been set at €3.4m.

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

In a high-profile transfer Neymar left Santos in Brazil in 2013, but ever since he moved the deal has been shrouded in mystery over alleged irregularities.

However, Spanish authorities state that the real transfer fee is $90.7 million and all of these allegations began after Brazilian company DIS stated that they didn't get their cut out of the deal as they owned 40 percent of Neymar's rights.

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