- Title: Spanish court wants two-year prison sentence for Barca's Neymar
- Date: 23rd November 2016
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - JUNE 3, 2013) (REUTERS) BARCELONA FANS WAITING FOR NEYMAR AT THE CAMP NOU NEYMAR ON PITCH IN BARCELONA JERSEY FANS VARIOUS OF NEYMAR JUGGLING THE BALL
- Embargoed: 8th December 2016 13:08
- Keywords: Neymar Barcelona prison Spain Santos transfer corruption
- Location: MADRID AND BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: MADRID AND BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA00359O11Z3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Spain's public prosecutor has called for Barcelona soccer player Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to the Liga champions in 2013, said a court filing on Wednesday (November 23).
Judge Jose Perals also called for a five-year sentence for former Barca president Sandro Rosell and a fine of 8.4 million euros ($8.9 million) for the club, but called for charges against current president Josep Maria Bartomeu to be dropped.
The case stems from a complaint by Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40 percent of Brazil forward Neymar's transfer rights and which alleges it received less money than it was entitled to as Barca concealed the real transfer fee.
Barcelona have been engulfed in legal troubles over Neymar's transfer since 2013. Rosell resigned as the club's president in 2014 for his role in the affair and testified in court in February alongside Bartomeu, Neymar and Neymar's father.
The club struck a deal with prosecutors in June to settle a separate case and paid a 5.5 million euro ($6.2 million) fine and avoided trial on charges of tax evasion over the transfer.
Barca thought they had brought the affair to a close when judge Jose de la Mata archived the case in June, although Spain's public prosecutor successfully overturned the ruling in September, allowing the case to proceed.
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