Former Barcelona winger Neymar Jr cleared of fraud and corruption by Spanish prosecutors after Barcelona move.
Due to the ongoing proceedings in Barcelona over suspected fraud and corruption during his 2013 transfer to Catalonia, Neymar has been the focus of Spanish media over the past week.
In 2013, the Brazilian investment firm DIS, who at the time held 40% of the player’s rights, filed accusations against Neymar for his alleged participation in transfer manipulation that misrepresented the transfer value of his move to Barça.
Following that, the prosecution asked for a €10 million fine and a two-year prison sentence for Neymar. Sandro Rossel, the former president of Barcelona, was also targeted by DIS with a five-year prison sentence and a €8.4 million fine.
Neymar, according to ESPN, has been exonerated of all allegations of fraud and corruption by the Spanish government. Others who had been charged with him have also been cleared.
This comes after a number of trials that were held in open court and that also included the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez. Perez had already disclosed Real Madrid’s earlier attempts to sign the attacker, but the deal fell through.
Following the conclusion of the proceedings, the prosecutor, Luis Garcia Canton, pleaded with the judge to acquit all of the accused, saying, “There is not the least suspicion of criminality.”
It seems that Neymar’s family has agreed that their legal representatives have the authority to file charges against the private prosecution for, among other things, “recklessness” shortly after the ruling. Additionally, they reserve the right to make a damage claim.