Neymar, star of PSG, will be tried on October 17 in the Barcelona court for irregularities in his transfer to the Catalan club, announces the newspaper El Pais.
Neymar (30) will go through the justice box in the middle of the season and only a month before the start of the World Cup. According to the daily El Pais, the PSG star will be tried from October 17 to 31 by the High Court of Barcelona in the context of his trial on his transfer from Santos to FC Barcelona, formalized in 2013.
He will be accompanied on the dock by his parents, two former presidents of Barça (Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu) and a former director of Santos, his former club for offenses of corruption between individuals and fraud.
Two years in prison required
The prosecution requires two years in prison and a fine of 10 million euros against Neymar and 8.4 million euros at FC Barcelona. This trial will take place seven years after the complaint by DIS, a Brazilian company specializing in the football market, which considers itself aggrieved by the signing of Neymar by Barça. The firm held 40% of the player’s rights when he played for Santos, his training club. He had acquired them in 2009 for an equivalent price estimated at around two million euros. She believes that she was the victim of a deception concocted by the player, his relatives and Barça and is claiming compensation of more than 150 million euros.
The prosecution, like society, consider that in 2011, the player and his father, Neymar da Silva Santos, had signed two contracts with Barça while ignoring that the rights of the footballer belonged to Santos and DIS. The company wants a heavier sanction than that required by the prosecution against the player by demanding a five-year prison sentence and that he be banned from playing for the same period.
In 2016, FC Barcelona had already agreed to pay 5.5 million euros for two tax offenses in the operation. An agreement with the prosecution which then made it possible to exonerate the then president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, from all responsibility. The two men are finally prosecuted again, Rosell risking the most since a five-year sentence has been requested by the prosecution, which is more lenient with Bartomeu, for lack of evidence showing that he was aware, in 2011, of an ongoing negotiation for a signing of Neymar behind the back of Santos.