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Neymar corruption trial: Neymar faces five years in prison in corruption and fraud trial

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Neymar Corruption Trial: Brazil forward Neymar will stand trial next week on fraud and corruption charges over his transfer to Barcelona from Santos…

The corruption case against Neymar: Brazil forward Neymar will stand trial next week on fraud and corruption charges over his 2013 transfer to Barcelona from Santos, and the complainant, Brazilian investment firm DIS, said on Thursday it was seeking a five-year sentence. Follow the latest football updates with InsideSport.IN

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Neymar corruption trial: Neymar faces five years in prison in corruption and fraud trial

Along with Neymar, the defendants in the trial brought by Spanish prosecutors, which begins in Barcelona on Monday, are his parents, the two clubs, former Barca presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell and former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues.

The case stems from a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40% of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos. It claims it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated.

Neymar has denied the charges but lost an appeal in Spain’s Supreme Court in 2017, paving the way for the trial. Reuters has contacted representatives for Neymar and his parents for comment. Rosell has also previously denied any wrongdoing. His representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Barcelona and lawyers representing Bartomeu declined to comment on the case. Santos did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Rodrigues could not immediately be reached. DIS is also demanding prison terms for Rosell and Bartomeu and a fine of 149 million euros ($144 million).

The Spanish prosecutor wants two years in prison for Neymar and the payment of a fine of 10 million euros and a five-year prison sentence for Rosell plus a fine of 8.4 million euros for the Spanish club.

Neymar corruption trial: Neymar faces five years in prison in corruption and fraud trial

DIS acquired 40% of Neymar’s rights when he was 17 years old, in exchange for €2 million. It claims the player’s sale to Barcelona was far below his real market value.

Barcelona said at the time of Neymar’s move that the transfer figure was 57.1 million euros, of which 40 million was paid to Neymar’s family. DIS received a 40 percent share of the remaining 17.1 million paid to Santos.

“Neymar’s rights have not been sold to the highest bidder. There were clubs that offered up to 60 million euros,” DIS lawyer Paulo Nasser told a press conference in Barcelona on Thursday.

The court in Barcelona, ​​where the trial will be held, said Neymar will have to appear in person on Monday for the first day, but it is unclear whether he will be asked to stay for the entire hearing, which could last two weeks.

Neymar, his parents, Rosell and Bartomeu will begin their testimony next Friday.

Neymar corruption trial: Neymar faces five years in prison in corruption and fraud trial

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