Spainish court calls for two-year jail for Ney­mar

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BARCELONA:

Spain’s pub­lic prose­cu­tor has called for Barcelona soc­cer player Ney­mar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a cor­rup­tion case over his trans­fer from Brazil­ian club San­tos to the Liga cham­pi­ons in 2013, said a court fil­ing yes­ter­day. Judge Jose Per­als also called for a five-year sen­tence for for­mer Barca pres­i­dent San­dro Rosell and a fine of 8.4 mil­lion eu­ros ($8.9 mil­lion) for the club, but called for charges against cur­rent pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu to be dropped. The case stems from a com­plaint by Brazil­ian in­vest­ment group DIS, which owned 40 per­cent of Brazil for­ward Ney­mar’s trans­fer rights and which al­leges it re­ceived less money than it was en­ti­tled to as Barca con­cealed the real trans­fer fee. Barcelona have been en­gulfed in le­gal trou­bles over Ney­mar’s trans­fer since 2013. Rosell re­signed as the club’s pres­i­dent in 2014 for his role in the af­fair and tes­ti­fied in court in Fe­bru­ary along­side Bar­tomeu, Ney­mar and Ney­mar’s fa­ther. The club struck a deal with pros­e­cu­tors in June to set­tle a sep­a­rate case and paid a 5.5 mil­lion euro ($6.2 mil­lion) fine and avoided trial on charges of tax eva­sion over the trans­fer.—Reuters

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