Whenis tried this week on fraud and corruption accusations related to his 2013 move from Santos to Barcelona, an investment group has called for him to receive a five-year prison sentence; the Brazilian star denies any wrongdoing. Neymar Jr., a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, testified in court on Tuesday that he did not take part in talks when he moved from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, his dream club as a boy, but had instead done what his father had instructed him to.
Following a case filed by Brazilian investment group DIS disputing the sum of the player’s transfer, Neymar’s parents, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, and officials for both the Spanish club and the Brazilian team have also been in court.
Along with Neymar, 30, eight other defendants are also charged with fraud and corruption in connection with the sale, including Neymar’s parents, club officials from both Barcelona and Santos, former Barca presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, and former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues. I didn’t participate in the discussions. My father has always taken care of it and will do so in the future. At the trial’s first session in Barcelona, Neymar gave his initial testimony and declared, I have signed every single thing he wanted me to.
What’s happening with the Neymar trial?
As he arrives in court in Spain for the second hearing of a trial for suspected irregularities surrounding his move to Barcelona in 2013, Neymar takes a photo with a supporter. Every defendant has asserted their innocence. The issue revolves around the claim made by Brazilian investment firm DIS, which claimed it was cheated out of its due share of the transfer proceeds since the value of the sale was overstated. DIS owned 40% of Neymar’s rights when he was playing for Brazil’s Santos.
The purported crime against which Neymar Jr. and his family are accused in Brazil is likewise not a crime there. If proven guilty, Neymar and his father may receive a two-year prison term. Additionally, they risk a fine of more than £8.7 million (€10 million). Barcelona might be fined €8.4 million and Rosell could receive a five-year prison sentence.
According to a court document made public in July, Barcelona started talks with the player in 2011 and paid him €40 million to guarantee his transfer when his deal with Santos expired in 2014. This prevented other teams from signing him at the time. For him, we planned to create a career in Europe that would make use of what we already knew, could learn, etc. The player’s father, Neymar da Silva Santos, testified in court that we signed the priority deal with Barcelona knowing it was his goal to play for that team.
During a fraud trial in Spain, Neymar makes an appearance in court regarding his 2013 move from Santos to Barcelona. All of the accused have maintained their innocence. None of the defendants who are former members or representatives of the clubs have yet offered testimony. Neymar and his parents had the opportunity to not testify, but they choose to do so instead, only taking questions from the prosecution and their layers.
Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid, testified before the court via video link that his club made Neymar offers of €45 million in 2011 and €36 million in 2013, but the player ultimately decided to join Barcelona. Neymar, who joined Paris St. Germain in 2017, and his family are being defended by the law firm Baker McKenzie, which has announced that it will contend that the Spanish courts lack jurisdiction because the trade involved a Brazilian person in Brazil.
According to Neymar’s attorneys, the transfer market is exempt from competition laws because those laws only apply to goods and services. The trial will likely go until the end of October and begins almost exactly one month before the World Cup kicks out in Qatar.
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