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Neymar, a prominent professional soccer player was in court Monday over his transfer to Barcelona in 2013. Contreversies linked the actual amount of the contract are the reasons behind the trial


via STESS News by Jessica Cardiny

Barcelona, Spain (SN) | Neymar arrived in Barcelona for court o’de Monday. He was accompanied by his lawyer and father. The Brazilian forward faces a two-year prison term in Spain for alleged irregularities in his 2013 transfer to Barcelona.

Neymar as he leaves court

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison term for Neymar and the payment of a 10-million-euro ($9.8m) fine. The trial is over contreversies associated to Neymar’s move from Santos to Barcelona.

When Neymar took the stand in court, he said that his father who acts as his manager, handles all of his contracts and the negotiations generating from them.

“My father has always been in charge” of contract negotiations, the 30-year-old told the Barcelona court hearing the case on Tuesday. “I sign what he tells me to.”

Neymar

Neymar added that he does not remember rather he took part in the negotiations which led to an agreement in 2011 with Barcelona over his transfer two years later.

Neymar was in court for close to two hours. The judge allowed him to leave the court as his lawyers argued that he needed rest as he was due to play on Sunday night.

Neymar joined the French soccer team PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) in 2017.

The transfer is said to amount 222 Million Euros.

Investigators began probing the transfer after a 2015 complaint filed by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40 percent of the player’s sporting rights when he was at Santos.

Barcelona said the transfer cost 57.1 million euros ($55.3m), but prosecutors believe it was at least 83 million euros ($80.5m).

The club said it paid 40 million euros ($38.8m) to N&N and 17.1 million euros ($16.5m) to Santos, of which 6.8 million euros ($6.5m) was given to DIS.

But DIS alleges that Neymar, Barcelona and the Brazilian club colluded to mask the true cost of the deal.

The trial is to run until October 31, barely three weeks before the World Cup begins on November 20, with Neymar due to lead Brazil into their Group G opener against Serbia four days later.

Neymar’s lawyers insist their client is innocent, saying the €40 million was a “legal signing bonus which is normal in the football transfer market”. But Neymar’s complicated history with Barca did not end there, with the star abruptly leaving for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

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