Thursday, December 15, 2016

Court closes Neymar’s case relating to Barcelona transfer

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Barcelona have announced that the court case against the club, for the misappropriation of funds when they signed Neymar, has been closed.

The La Liga champions reached a settlement worth €5.5million over the tax transfer saga surrounding Neymar’s transfer from Santos in 2013.

“On Wednesday morning, at the headquarters of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, the legal representative of FC Barcelona ratified the writ of conclusions and approval in relation to the open proceedings concerning the signing of the player Neymar Jr,” a statement from the club read.

“The ratification of the agreement was signed jointly along with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office.

“This agreement will be certified in the decision to be handed down shortly by the Provincial Court of Barcelona, which will close the proceedings stemming from a complaint filed by club member Jordi Casas before the National Court of Spain in December 2013.”

Club member Jordi Cases had originally brought the legal action against the club, claiming that Rosell had hidden the real cost of Neymar behind false contracts, a criminal offence punishable by up to six years of prison.

It eventually led to Sandro Rosell resigning in 2014 and was replaced with vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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