Madrid court re-opens case against Ney­mar for Barcelona trans­fer

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A fraud case against Ney­mar and his fa­ther re­lat­ing to the Brazil­ian in­ter­na­tional’s 2013 trans­fer to Barcelona has been re-opened fol­low­ing an ap­peal by Span­ish prose­cu­tors.

Judge Jose de la Mata had ruled in July that FIFA reg­u­la­tions were “clearly not prop­erly fol­lowed” but de­clared that the is­sue was not one for the crim­i­nal court to set­tle, claim­ing it was a mat­ter for a civil court.

But prose­cu­tors suc­cess­fully ar­gued on Fri­day that both Ney­mar and his fa­ther were aware of po­ten­tially fraud­u­lent deal­ings be­tween Barcelona and his for­mer club San­tos.

The com­plainant is DIS, a Brazil­ian in­vest­ment com­pany that feels it is due more money from the deal. It owned 40 per­cent of the player’s sport­ing rights when he com­pleted his trans­fer to Camp Nou three years ago.

Barca had ini­tially claimed the trans­fer fee was €57.1 mil­lion, only to later ad­mit to pay­ing much more for the 24-year-old.

The ma­jor­ity of the un­de­clared fee went to com­pa­nies con­trolled by Ney­mar Sr. -- only €17.1m went to San­tos, with DIS get­ting 40 per­cent of that amount -€6.8m.

Barcelona man­ager Luis En­rique doesn’t feel the lat­est de­vel­op­ments will af­fect the player’s form.

The Cata­lan side travel to Sport­ing Gi­jon in La Liga on Satur­day with ex­tra em­pha­sis placed on Ney­mar’s per­for­mances fol­low­ing an in­jury to Lionel Messi.

“If there is a player ac­cus­tomed to th­ese type of sit­u­a­tions...” Luis En­rique re­sponded when asked for his opin­ion on the case be­ing re-opened.

“And if there’s a club ac­cus­tomed to th­ese sit­u­a­tions it’s Barcelona. We’re ac­cus­tomed to things which have noth­ing to do with foot­ball.”

In a sep­a­rate case, Barcelona agreed to pay a €5.5m fine ear­lier this year with pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu ad­mit­ting “a mis­take in tax plan­ning” when sign­ing Ney­mar.

They also made a vol­un­tary pay­ment €13.6m in 2014 when ini­tially charged with tax fraud over the trans­fer, but they have al­ways de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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