Spanish prosecutors drop all charges over Neymar’s move to Barcelona
MOSCOW, 28 Oct – The Spanish prosecutor’s office dropped all charges in the case of corruption and fraud in the transition of the football player Neymar from the Brazilian Santos to the Spanish Barcelona, reports France-Presse.
The prosecutor announced the withdrawal of all charges from all sides. Earlier, Spanish prosecutors demanded two years in prison for Neymar and a fine of 10 million euros.
The trial began on 17 October. At the trial, Neymar said that his agent father always dealt with his contracts, and he signed documents when moving to Barcelona. The footballer also said that he does not remember if he took part in the negotiations, in which an agreement was reached in 2011 on his transfer to Barcelona from Santos in two years.
In November 2016, the National Court of Spain began reviewing the case of fraud in the transfer of Neymar to Barcelona, which had previously been closed for lack of corpus delicti. In May 2017, it became known that a new lawsuit began in Spain against Neymar, his parents, Santos, Barcelona, ex-presidents of the Spanish club Josep Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell.
A complaint about the retrial was filed by the Brazilian investment company DIS, which claimed 40% of the transfer amount for Neymar, but said it received a much smaller percentage, since most of the transaction amount was hidden. According to official information, the transfer of Neymar in 2013 cost the Catalan club 57.1 million euros, of which 17.1 million went to Santos, and the remaining 40 million to the company of Neymar’s parents. It was reported that the real cost of the transfer of a football player could be up to 83 million euros.