Neymar, Rosell and Bartomeu, sitting on the bench of the accused

Neymar sitting on the bench of the accused. / afp

The footballer faces two years in prison for his transfer to Barça

Dressed in a black suit, tie and dark glasses and accompanied by his father, his mother and his lawyers, Neymar Jr. arrived at the Barcelona court this Monday, where he is being tried for the transfer that Barça paid to Santos so that the Brazilian footballer will play for Barça. The player’s father and mother also sit on the bench, as well as the two former Blaugrana presidents, Sandro Rosell and Josep María Bartomeu. The PSG footballer and his father are the main defendants. The Rio striker and his father face a two-year prison sentence for alleged corruption between individuals and fraud. The declaration of the end is not scheduled until October 21. Rosell, in his third trial, could be sentenced to five years.

Neymar has sat next to his father and his mother on the bench of the accused. The two exmandatarios blaugranas, have been placed in a later row. Neymar has hugged Rosell and greeted Bartomeu, vice president during the time being judged. At the entrance of him to the court, the footballer has greeted with his hand. Unlike Messi, who was applauded by fans when he was tried for tax offences, Neymar was not expected by any fans.

What is being judged at the Barcelona Court is the transfer operation for Neymar to play for Barça. It is suspected that the father and the player, Barça and Santos fragmented the transfer to hide the real cost of the operation and avoid paying the federative rights to the DIS fund, which represented the player. This company acts as a private prosecutor. She was the one who filed the complaint. He had 40% of the player’s rights. The transfer of Neymar to Barça was executed in 2013. On the first day of the trial, it is expected that previous issues will be resolved and some of the witnesses will also be heard.

This is the second phase of the Neymar case. In 2016, Barça was already sentenced in exchange for exonerating Rosell and Bartomeu. The Brazilian’s stormy passage through the Barça club ended when PSG paid 222 million in 2017.



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