Neymar facing corruption charges
Neymar could be back in court, this time on corruption charges.
A Spanish judge yesterday accepted charges against Neymar for irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona, opening the way for a trial involving the Brazilian forward and his parents. Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and former president Sandro Rosell are also set to stand trial after a complaint brought by Brazilian investment group DIS, which was entitled to 40 per cent of Neymar's transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 but said it received a smaller compensation because part of the transfer fee was concealed.
Fraud charges were accepted against Barcelona, Santos and a former president of the Brazilian club. With yesterday's ruling by National Court judge Jose de la Mata, prosecutors will have 10 days to formalise their request for a trial.
Neymar and his father, who acts as the player's agent, appeared in a Madrid court in February to defend themselves. All other parties being accused by prosecutors also have denied wrongdoing.
In June, Barcelona paid a fine of US$6.1 million to settle a separate case brought by Spain's tax authorities.
Barcelona said the price of Neymar's transfer was US$63.6 million, with Santos receiving US$19 million. Prosecutors said the total amount paid by the Spanish club to Santos was US$27.9 million, meaning DIS would be entitled to an additional US$3.5 million.
According to court documents, DIS paid US$1.5 million for its 40 per cent of Neymar's rights in 2009.