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Barcelona to stand trial over Neymar transfer

Published 13/05/2015 | 21:00

Barcelona's Neymar celebrates after his side's equalizing goal during a Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona in Munich last night
Barcelona's Neymar celebrates after his side's equalizing goal during a Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona in Munich last night

Barcelona president Jose Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club are set to stand trial for alleged "crimes against the Treasury and corporate crime" over the signing of Neymar.

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Judge Jose de la Mata called for the opening of the trial on Wednesday and the three parties accused have 10 days to respond to Spain's National High Court.

The trial centres around investigators' allegations the club only declared that they paid 57.1million euros for the player when they actually paid "at least" 83.371million euros.

A statement from the court read: "Judge Jose de la Mata has issued a decree for the opening trial against the president of FC Barcelona, Jose Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor, Sandro Rosell and the club itself for crimes against the Treasury and corporate crime."

All three parties have denied any wrongdoing on several occasions.

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