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Barca pres­i­dent sit­ting tight de­spite Ney­mar trial

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA

BARCELONA pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bartomeu in­sisted on Tues­day he would re­main in his post de­spite his up­com­ing date with a judge con­cern­ing the Ney­mar trans­fer case.

“To all those who have said that the man­age­ment team or my­self are think­ing about re­sign­ing, I say we haven’t the slight­est in­ten­tion of do­ing so,” the 54-yearold Bartomeu told the clubs stake-hold­ing fans known as ‘so­cios’.

“We feel we are in a le­git­i­mate po­si­tion to con­tinue mak­ing de­ci­sions for the club and we shall con­tinue with en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy.”

Bartomeu took over in 2015 af­ter pre­de­ces­sor San­dro Rosell was forced out amid the scan­dal sur­round­ing the trans­fer of bril­liant Brazil cap­tain Ney­mar.

Ten days ago Ney­mar, his for­mer club San­tos,

To all those who have said that the man­age­ment team or my­self are think­ing about re­sign­ing, I say we haven’t the slight­est in­ten­tion of do­ing so. JOSEP MARIA BARTOMEU

Barca pres­i­dent

Barcelona, Bartomeu and Rosell were all told they would stand trial in an investigation into the 2013 trans­fer.

The cur­rent Barcelona pres­i­dent feels the player and Barcelona are vic­tims of a con­flict of in­ter­ests be­tween Brazil­ian tax au­thor­i­ties and San­tos.

Ney­mar’s ar­rival from San­tos has been a huge suc­cess for the Span­ish cham­pi­ons on the pitch but a ju­di­cial night­mare off it.

The case ini­ti­ated with a com­plaint from Brazil­ian in­vest­ment com­pany DIS, which owned 40 per cent of Ney­mar’s sport­ing rights at the time of his trans­fer.

DIS re­ceived just €6.8 mil­lion (RM31.9 mil­lion) — 40 per cent of the €17 mil­lion fee paid to San­tos — with the com­pany claim­ing it was cheated out of its real share be­cause part of the trans­fer fee was con­cealed by Barcelona, San­tos and the Ney­mar fam­ily.

The court sus­pects San­tos were ac­tu­ally paid €25 mil­lion, which would mean DIS was cheated out of €3.5 mil­lion.

Barcelona orig­i­nally pub­lished the trans­fer fig­ure as €57.1 mil­lion, with €40 mil­lion of that given to the player’s fam­ily and the rest to San­tos.

Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bartomeu

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