The Brazilian footballer of FC Barcelona, Neymar is far from having finished with the justice. While it was believed that the long soap opera of his “fraudulent transfer” to the Catalan club was closed, the investigating judge dismissed the appeal launched by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The latter and Neymar are going to have to explain themselves in court.
The Spanish media learned that the 25-year-old had been transferred from the Brazilian club of Santos to FC Barcelona 4 years ago through a somewhat fraudulent transaction. It would have cost 86.2 million euros, with a bonus, initially concealed, of 40M € for the family of the player. The opening of the investigation had resulted in a palace revolution at the FCB. Alexander Rosell had quickly resigned from his post as president at the time, a few hours before the details of the transfer were unveiled.
In a statement issued on Thursday (May 4th), the investigating judge ordered the case to be referred to a court, as well as that of the president of the club, considering that this operation had been accompanied by several scams. The National Audience adds in the official documents that “Neymar Da Silva Santos, his parents, FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and former President Alexandre Rosell” will be prosecuted for corruption in business and fraud.
The date of the trial has not been communicated but the Brazilian prodigy should have some fears. Indeed, according to the rigors of the law he risks for this disputed transfer, two years in prison, a ban of 3 years for the exercise of an industrial or commercial profession and a fine of ten million euros.
In addition, the defendants are asked to pay a deposit of 3.4 million euros and has to be paid by the accused.
The case was opened in January 2014, six months after Neymar’s arrival at FC Barcelona and may not end now.
Let’s hope for the attacker that things go in order.