The high court in Spain said that they have re-opened the fraud and corruption charges against Neymar owing to a controversial transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.
The Spain High Court judge dropped the charges against the Brazilian footballer two months ago. Others in the case charged were Neymar Da Silva Santos, the father and agent of the Barcelona star, and football officials Sandro Russell, Barcelona president and Odilio Rodrigues, the ex-Barcelona top official.
Neymar in trouble again, with fraud case reopened by a Spanish court
Football clubs Barcelona and Santos were both investigated in 2013 with allegations that some or most of Neymar’s transfer fee were not revealed during the movement. By concealing the actual amount of the transfer, both clubs might have saved money and paying the government in Spain.
Neymar has not released any statement regarding the reopening of the fraud and corruption charges but denied anything was wrong during the transfer three years ago. Neymar had recently extended his contract to stay in Barcelona until 2021.
The Spanish High Court contends that there are new evidence about the fraud case and that crimes might have been committed. According to Reuters, the case was re-opened because of complaints about the transfer price paid by Barcelona to acquire Neymar.
A Brazilian investment group allegedly owning a part of the transfer rights for Neymar and reportedly got less money than what they expected because the fee was not properly revealed.
Meanwhile, Barcelona has already responded to the high court’s decision, saying they disagree with the re-opening of the case against Neymar.
Neymar (Photo Courtesy: DSanchez17/Flickr)