Barça star Neymar ordered to stand trial

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Barça star Neymar ordered to stand trial

Barcelona's Neymar will stand trial for corruption and fraud charges, along with former club Santos, and his parents, after proceedings opened on Thursday.

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Barcelona's Neymar will stand trial for corruption and fraud charges, along with former club Santos, and his parents, after proceedings opened on Thursday.
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Barcelona star Neymar has been ordered to stand trial on fraud and corruption charges alongside his parents, and his two clubs, Barcelona and Santos.

The Spanish National Court also ordered on Thursday that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the man he replaced in the role – Sandro Rosell – will be sent to trial.

Santos to Barcelona transfer in question

The alleged "business corruption and fraud" offences relate to Neymar's transfer to Barcelona from Santos in 2013. All parties involved deny any wrongdoing. 

Brazilian investment group DIS alleged it received less money than the 40 per cent it was entitled to from the disputed transfer fee and filed a lawsuit, which has resulted in a trial that will now go ahead after all appeal options were exhausted.

AS spoke to Delcir Sonda, the head of DIS, in an exclusive interview. He stated that he could forgive Neymar, but never his father. 

Barça star Neymar ordered to stand trial

Neymar could receive two-year sentence

Prosecutors want a two-year prison sentence for Neymar, although as he is a first-time offender that would be unlikely to result in jail time in the Spanish system.

They are also seeking fines of €10million against Neymar's family.

Final appeals against the prosecution proceeding from Neymar, his parents, Barça, and Santos had been rejected in February, while Bartomeu's failed last week, prompting this court order. Bail has been set at €3.4m. 

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