Neymar named in fraud lawsuit linked to transfer

A Spanish judge has accepted a legal complaint filed by Brazilian investment fund DIS that alleges it was the victim of a fraud perpetrated in Barcelonaand’s signing of forward Neymar from Santos.
DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymarand’s rights when he was at Santos, alleges it was paid less than half the cash it was entitled to when the player agreed to join the Spanish and European champions in 2013. Barcelona, former president Sandro Rosell, incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is standing for re-election, Neymar, his father, Santos and two of the Brazilian cluband’s executives were all named in the lawsuit, according to a court statement published on Wednesday. The complaint is the latest twist to a saga that has resulted in Barcelona, Rosell and Bartomeu facing trial for tax fraud over the Neymar deal. However, this is the first time that Neymar himself has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit linked to the transfer. Bartomeu was a vice president under Rosell when Neymar was signed in 2013 in a complex deal involving multiple contracts with the player and his father.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman