- Title: Neymar could face corruption trial
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - FEBRUARY 2, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** EXTERIOR OF SPAIN'S NATIONAL COURT SIGN (Spanish): NATIONAL COURT BARCELONA PLAYER NEYMAR AND HIS FATHER NEYMAR SENIOR (WALKING IN FRONT OF NEYMAR CARRYING A COAT OVER HIS LEFT ARM) ARRIVING AT COURT NEYMAR SUPPORTERS HOLDING A POSTER OF NEYMAR BARCELONA FORWARD NEYMAR LEAVING COURT AND WALKING PAST MEDIA NEYMAR WALKING TO FANS AND SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS NEYMAR WALKING AWAY FROM FANS NEYMAR HOLDING UP TWO FINGER VICTORY SIGN AND WALKING TOWARDS CAR BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - JUNE 3, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BARCELONA PRESIDENT SANDRO ROSELL AND NEYMAR SHAKING HANDS PHOTOGRAPHERS
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2016 09:42
- Keywords: Barcelona Neymar corruption High Court fraud transfer
- Location: MADRID AND BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: MADRID AND BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L3QYN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Barcelona forward Neymar, his parents and two of the club's executives should stand trial for alleged corruption, Spain's High Court announced as it wrapped up a fraud investigation into the Brazil international's transfer to the Catalan team.
The case stems from a complaint by a Brazilian investment group, DIS, which owned part of Neymar's transfer rights and alleges it received less money than it was entitled to.
Investigating magistrate Jose de la Mata of Spain's High Court said in a written ruling that the prosecution had 10 days to decide to go ahead or withdraw their claim - a formality that normally precedes the launch of a trial process.
Barcelona and Neymar's former club in Brazil, Santos, have come under fire for the way the transfer was completed in 2013.
Investigations have also centred on how Barca allegedly concealed an initial contract to sign the player two years earlier.
DIS owned 40 percent of Neymar's sporting rights when the player's transfer to Barca went ahead and it claims the club hid the real fee and kept it out of the loop in its dealings.
The club - which has already agreed to pay 5.5 million euros ($6.1 million) to Spanish tax authorities in relation to the case - had initially said they paid 57.1 million euros for Neymar, but later said the cost was nearer 100 million.
The Spanish court said it was proposing that Neymar, his father-cum-agent Neymar Da Silva Santos and his mother Nadine Goncalves, a 50 percent shareholder of the family company N&N, be tried on a corruption charge.
It also recommended that Barca's current chairman, Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosel, and the club should also stand tried for corruption and fraud.
Santos and its former chairman Odilio Rodrigues may have also committed fraud, the court said.
Spanish champions Barca said in a statement its board would appeal the ruling.
"The board is surprised and totally disagrees with this ruling and the reasoning behind it," the club said.
It added that if the trial went ahead it would continue to defend the innocence of all of those being investigated.
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