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Neymar risks two years in prison and suspension from football

Neymar and his parents will be tried on allegations 
of fraud and corruption. In addition, Barcelona president 
Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, 
will face trial for fraud and corruption for 
transferring Brazilian from Santos in 2013.

Both clubs have been ordered to attend the court session, 
even though all parties deny having committed a violation.

Spanish prosecutors have demanded that Neymar be sentenced 
to two years in prison and a fine of 10 million euros. 
But, knowing the Spanish Penal Code, sentences of up to 
two years in prison or less than suspended for offenders 
for the first time in Spain. However, Neymar may be forbidden 
to play football during court hearings or after a conviction if it occurs.

His arrival at Catalunya from Santos has resulted an extraordinary 
success for Spanish champions in the field of play, but also a legal 
nightmare outside the field. The 25-year-old striker is being 
investigated in Brazil and Spain for his transfer to La Liga.

The case began with the complaint of a Brazilian investment company, 
"DIS", which owned 40 percent of Neymar's sports rights at the time 
of the transfer. "DIS" received € 6.8 million (40% of the € 17 million 
payable to Santos), but the company claims it has been denied its real 
share of the transfer, concealed by Barcelona, ​​Santos and Neymar's family.

Spain's national court suspects Santos was paid 25m euros, meaning "DIS" 
was denied 3.5m euros more. Barcelona first released the transfer figure 
to 57.1 million euros, of which 40 million euros were 
given to his relatives and the rest Santos.
Spain's national court suspects Santos was paid 25m euros, 
meaning "DIS" was denied 3.5m euros more. Barcelona first 
released the transfer figure to 57.1 million euros, of which 
40 million euros were given to his relatives and the rest Santos.

"DIS" in turn has demanded a 5-year sentence for Neymar and 
his parents who acted as player representatives, 
while for Rosell and Bartomeu a 8-year prison sentence, 
add a fine of 195 Million euros for Barça.

In July 2016, a court ruled that irregularities were seized 
in his transfer, but added that the case belonged to a civil 
court rather than a criminal court to resolve it. However, 
prosecutors have succeeded in arguing successfully that 
the player and his father have been aware of potentially 
deceptive deals between Barcelona and Santos, 
to the detriment of "DIS" to completely overthrow that decision.

The decision to order Neymar to appear in court is 
another blow to his image as a player but 
also to Spanish giants from Catalonia.//24globenews.
 

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