Neymar Ordered To Stand Trial

Barcelona striker Neymar in 2013
GETTYBarcelona signed Neymar from Santos in 2013
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06 May, 2017

The Brazilian superstar has a bad week having being ordered to stand trial after being accused of fraud over transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013. They accuse Barcelona, Santos and the Neymar family of concealing the real transfer fee.

Barca stated initially that they had paid $62.5 million for the 25-year-old captain of Brazil, with a huge $43.7 million of that sum going directly to a company founded by Neymar's parents.

Barcelona originally published the transfer figure as €57.1m, with €40m of that given to the player's family and the rest to Santos. Last summer Barcelona paid a fine of €5.5 million to the Spanish authorities to settle a related tax fraud case.

Sentences for first time offenders of non-violent crimes with a jail-term of two years or under are suspended in Spain meaning jail time is unlikely.

The case began because of a complaint from DIS, which owned a 40% stake in Neymar, back when he represented Santos.

DIS received a 40 percent share of the remaining 17.1 million that was paid to Santos. However, Neymar could be banned from playing during a judicial sentence.

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Both Barcelona and Neymar were subsequently charged for tax fraud.

Santos and DIS maintained they had lost out on millions, with the latter claiming to be owed around €16m more than its €6.8m payment.

The decision to order Neymar to stand trial is another blow to the image of the Spanish giants and the player himself.

Neymar is far from the only Barca star to find himself embroiled in problems with the Spanish authorities. Javier Mascherano, an Argentine defender, was also found guilty of tax fraud in 2016.

Neymar's career has skyrocketed at Barcelona, where he has excelled on the pitch alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.


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