Neymar testifies in fraud trial over Barcelona transfer

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Neymar stated in courtroom on Tuesday in a fraud and corruption trial over his transfer from Brazilian membership Santos to Barcelona in 2013 that he knew little in regards to the negotiations and his father was once at all times in rate of his contracts.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, have been amongst the ones accused of concealing the true quantity of the transfer from an funding crew concerned in the negotiations.

Neymar’s mom, former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Bartomeu, and representatives of each membership additionally have been in courtroom in the trial that started on Monday and was once anticipated to remaining a minimum of till subsequent week.

Neymar testified for only some mins.

“My father handles everything,” he stated. “I wasn’t involved in the negotiations. I only sign what he tells me to sign.”

Neymar stated he heard rumors about different golf equipment short of to signal him however his dream as a child was once at all times to play for Barcelona.

“In the end it was either (Real) Madrid or Barcelona, but I followed my heart and chose Barça,” he stated.

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez was once known as to testify by means of the plaintiffs and stated by way of video convention he didn’t know Neymar in my view however admitted his membership was once in signing the participant sooner than he joined Barcelona. He stated Madrid made an be offering for Neymar for 45 million euros (now $44.2 million).

Neymar’s father stated Madrid made provides to signal Neymar since 2009, however his son at all times sought after to play for Barcelona.

Neymar’s mom additionally stated she had no wisdom of the negotiations between Santos and Barcelona.

Neymar and his oldsters have been allowed to depart the courtroom when they all testified.

All defendants have denied wrongdoing. They all needed to be in courtroom at the first day, however Neymar was once allowed to depart after a couple of hours as a result of he performed for Paris Saint-Germain in France the evening sooner than.

Neymar’s transfer from Santos were given Barcelona in hassle with Spain’s tax place of work a couple of years in the past.

Investment crew DIS was once entitled to 40% of Neymar’s transfer however stated it won a smaller repayment as a result of a part of the transfer rate was once hid. Prosecutors stated the ones concerned attempted to cover the true quantity of the transfer to pay a decrease fee.

Prosecutors charged the 30-year-old Neymar and his father with corruption and requested for a jail sentence of as much as two years, even supposing any prison time as much as that duration would most probably be suspended. Prosecutors additionally search a advantageous of 10 million euros ($9.8 million) for Neymar and his father.

DIS accused Neymar and his father of corruption and fraud and requested for a five-year jail sentence, plus monetary repayment.

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Azzoni reported from Madrid.

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