Pros­e­cu­tors seek 2-year prison term for Ney­mar over trans­fer

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Span­ish pros­e­cu­tors are seek­ing a two-year prison sen­tence and a $10.6 mil­lion fine for Ney­mar on cor­rup­tion charges be­cause of al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties dur­ing his trans­fer from Brazil­ian club San­tos to Barcelona. Pros­e­cu­tors said Wed­nes­day they are seek­ing the same pun­ish­ment for Ney­mar’s fa­ther and for­mer Barcelona pres­i­dent San­dro Rosell. Rosell is fac­ing an­other three years for fraud charges. They are all set to stand trial af­ter a com­plaint brought by Brazil­ian in­vest­ment group DIS, which was en­ti­tled to 40 per­cent of Ney­mar’s trans­fer from San­tos in 2013 but said it re­ceived a smaller com­pen­sa­tion be­cause part of the trans­fer fee was con­cealed.

In July, Barcelona mid­fielder Lionel Messi and his fa­ther were sen­tenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but were not sent to jail be­cause sen­tences of less than two years for first of­fences are usu­ally sus­pended in Spain.

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