Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Court calls for Neymar prison sentence

Spanish prosecutors have called for Barcelona forward
Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a
corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos
in 2013.

Judge Jose Perals also called for a five-year sentence for
former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and a fine of
8.4million euros (£7.2m) for the club.

It asked to drop charges against current president Josep
Maria Bartomeu.

Rosell, Neymar and his father are set to stand trial.
Under the Spanish legal system, prison terms of under two
years are typically suspended.

The case stems from a complaint by Brazilian investment
group DIS, which owned 40% of Neymar's transfer rights and
alleges it received less money than it was entitled to from
transfer fee.

Rosell resigned as the club's president in 2014 for his role in
the affair and testified in court in February alongside
Bartomeu, Neymar and Neymar's father.

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