Neymar Trial: Barcelona star ordered to court over £22m transfer fee

Neymar Trial: Barcelona star ordered to court over £22m transfer fee

Barcelona star Neymar has been ordered by a Spanish court to stand trial over fraud and corruption charges during his transfer from Santos in 2013.

Neymar's parents, Nadine and Neymar Santos Senior will also stand trial, along with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell, and the two clubs involved in the deal.

Neymar s arrival from Brazil s Santos has been a huge success for the Spanish champions on the pitch but a judicial nightmare off it.

The 25-year-old striker - whose full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior - has been accused of helping to hide the true transfer fee of his move from Santos to Barcelona in June 2013.

Barcelonasaid at the time of Neymar's move that the transfer figure was €57.1m (about R855.7m), of which €40m (about R599.4m) was paid to Neymar's family.

Spanish prosecutors have recommended that Neymar be handed a two-year jail sentence and fined 10 million euros. However, in Spain sentences of less than two years are often suspended for first-time offenders.

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The case stems from a complaint made by Brazilian company DIS, which owned 40 per cent of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos.

DIS received a 40 percent share of the remaining €17.1 million (about R256.2m) that was paid toSantos.

A target for both Real Madrid and Manchester United, Neymar has a £173m buyout clause in his current contract.

In July 2016 a judge ruled that irregularities in the transfer were detected but said it was an issue for a civil court, not a criminal court, to settle.

The club also admitted that it paid nearly 100 million euros for Neymar, not the 57.1 million euros it originally claimed. Fellow Argentinean Javier Mascherano agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud earlier this year.

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