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Saturday 19 April 2014

Barca charged with Neymar tax fraud

Brazilian star Neymar cost Barcelona £47m

A Spanish court has charged league champions Barcelona with tax fraud of 9.1 million euros (£7.5m) over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar.

Judge Pablo Ruz said in his decision, released in Madrid today, there was enough evidence to merit charges over Neymar's 57 million euro (then £47m) move from Santos last summer.

Ruz is also investigating former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the deal.

Rosell quit soon after it emerged 40 million euros (£33m) of the transfer was paid to a firm operated by Neymar's father, who has been called on to testify by Ruz.

The decision comes a day after public prosecutor Jose Perals charged Barcelona with fabricating simulated contracts and using "financial engineering" to defraud the Spanish Treasury.

Barcelona have denied the charges.

AP

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