Brazil and Barcelona forward, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior has again been joined in a corruption case surrounding his transfer from Santos to Nou Camp in 2013 as Spanish prosecutors are asking he should be jailed for two years for the role he played in the transfer.
He is not alone in this legal tussle as Judge Jose Perals wants former Barcelona supremo, Sandro Rosell to be jailed for five years while Spanish champions Barcelona are fined to the tune of €8.4million.
Meanwhile, the corruption charges leveled against the current president; Mr. Josep Maria Bartomeu will eventually be dropped. He was the vice president when the transfer was done in 2013.
It will be noted here that Brazilian Investment Group, DIS, who had 40 percent of the Brazilian’s transfer rights made a complaint, claiming they didn’t receive the money they were entitled to after the forward moved from Santos in 2013. Neymar’s transfer cost was valued at €57.1m (£50.82m), with the Brazilian side, Santos receiving €17.1m (£15.22m).
In 2013, When Neymar moved to Barcelona, the club and his representatives allegedly excluded the investment group, DIS who had a stake in Neymar’s playing rights from the transfer deal.
This was a common practice among South Americans, but it is now illegal under the new FIFA rules on players’ right.
Neymar and Barcelona had initially thought the case was over after the presiding judge; Jose de la Mata had documented the case in June.
This didn’t, however, go well with the Spain’s public prosecutor who successfully overturned the ruling in September and re-opened the case.
Spanish prosecutors had revealed that Barcelona paid €25.1m (£22.34m) to Santos was which in effect means DIS would be entitled to an additional €3.2m (£2.85m).