A case coming up for hearing in a Spanish court involving the Brazilian superstar Neymar is making waves because the Paris Saint-Germain player could face a prison term of four to six years. He is being charged for irregularities in his transfer to Barcelona five years ago. The fraud and corruption charges are being brought up by DIS, a Brazilian group that has partial rights over Neymar.
Parents and Barcelona President to Face Charges
This is according to the decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia. Barcelona and Brazilian club Santos to which Neymar belonged, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, former president Sandro Rosell, and Neymar’s parents will face charges.
The Brazilian investment group, DIS pressed charges because it received lesser compensation because Neymar and Barcelona had covered the actual transfer fee that Barcelona admitted was 86.2 million Euros and not 57.1 million Euros. The decision is a setback for prosecutors who were seeking a sentence of 2 years in prison. Usually, a 2-year prison sentence or less first offenses are suspended. But, since this prison term is for four to six years, it means Neymar will have to spend time in prison.
Discrepancy in Transfer Amount
Neymar’s parents supposedly received 40 million Euros while FC Santos received 17.1 million Euros. Prosecutors in Madrid began investigating the transfer in January 2014 because they saw contradictory information. DIS received 6 million Euros of the 17.1 million paid to FC Santos. The trial will be heard at Audiencia Nacional, a high court with jurisdiction over Spanish territory and international crimes that come under the jurisdiction of Spanish courts.
Neymar has denied all wrong doing. The trial date has not been set.