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Neymar Could End Up In Prison If Found Guilty in Trial

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Brazilian footballer Neymar faces a fraud trial for alleged irregularities surrounding his transfer from Brazil to Barcelona nine years ago.

Neymar, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain has been involved in a legal saga that has dragged on for years, with the Brazilian international accused of fraud and corruption.

The trial, which is due to take place for two weeks from 17 October, a month before the World Cup in Qatar involves other crucial parties such as two former presidents of Barcelona football club, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, as well as Neymar’s parents.

All the involved parties are said to be facing the same allegations, according to Spanish reports. However, all those involved in the case have long denied the allegations, made by investment fund DIS, which argued it was entitled to 40% of Neymar’s 2013 transfer fee when he left Brazilian club, Santos.

According to claims by DIS, it had received far less than it should have, as part of the transfer fee had been concealed. When Neymar signed for Barcelona, the club said it was for a €57.1m fee and DIS received €6.8m of the €17.1m paid to Santos. The investment fund alleged the real fee was far higher.

The 30-year-old PSG player’s expensive transfer fees have long been overshadowed by legal rows.

A year ago, Barcelona reached an out-of-court settlement with the footballer surrounding his record €222m move to Paris St-Germain in 2017. The club said at the time he should pay back millions of euros he had received when he signed a new contract in 2016.

Neymar to face trial for fraud

Neymar’s signing from Santos has led to several legal and financial wrangles, that have cost big league clubs a lot of problems which have only worsened their financial situations with the Brazilian player.

In a 2016 Barcelona court case, dubbed Neymar 1, the club agreed to pay a €5.5m fine to Spanish authorities because of irregularities in the move. Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club in 2014 over the transfer investigation, spent 20 months in jail before he was cleared of money laundering fees for broadcast rights in 2019.

The prosecution has requested a two-year prison sentence for Neymar, but he has insisted he was only focused on football and that he blindly trusted his father, who is also his agent.

Bartomeu took over the Barcelona presidency from his good friend Rosell after the latter resigned in January 2014 as he faced charges of corruption over the transfer.

A document in 2020 showed Neymar owed more unpaid tax than any other individual on a Spanish authorities’ blacklist. The tax office refused to say whether his presence on that list was linked to his transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

Aside from that, the footballer has also been linked to tax evasion by the Brazilian tax authorities, and he is being fined for it.

The 30-year-old has recently been playing on PSG’s pre-season tour of Japan as they build up for the season-opening French Champions’ Trophy against Nantes on Sunday in Tel-Aviv.

Source: BCC

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Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spurzine. He is passionate about tech, and games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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