Spanish Judge Says Neymar Must Face Fraud Trial

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Barcelona and Brazil footballer Neymar should face trial for fraud, a Spanish judge has said, months after the case was dismissed.

Neymar was first summoned in Spanish court in February , along with Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell over the transfer deal that took him from Santos to Barcelona.

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The Brazilian investment fund, DIS,  claims it was short-changed during Neymar’s 2013 move to Barcelona. The outfit which was entitled to 40% of  the footballer’s transfer from Brazilian club Santos, claim they should have received a higher portion of the original fee than they did.

The footballer, his parents, the former and current club presidents, Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu and the club itself stand accused of involvement.

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The charges – which are denied by the accused, including Neymar and his parents – were dropped in July, but  Judge Jose de la Mata was ordered to reopen the case in September by Spain’s Supreme Court.



The tax probe began after a club member questioned the figures given for the Neymar deal. Barcelona initially said they paid €57.1m but later said the cost was nearer €100m.

Barcelona had in 2014 made a voluntary tax payment of €13.5m in 2014 after being charged with tax fraud over the signing, but denied any wrongdoing.

In June Barcelona again agreed  to pay a fine of 5.5m euros ($6.1m; £4.7m) to Spanish authorities to settle the  tax fraud case over the transfer of the youngster in 2013.

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Since moving to the Nou Camp, Neymar has won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, the Champions League, the European Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Neymar had in October  signed a new five-year contract with Barcelona.