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Spain prosecutor asks court to probe Barcelona president

Spain prosecutor asks National Court to probe Barcelona president Bartomeu in Neymar case

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, reacts on the ground during the match against Villarreal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou sta...

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FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, reacts on the ground during the match against Villarreal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou sta...

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prosecutor is asking a National Court judge to investigate Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu in a case of alleged tax fraud in the signing of Brazil striker Neymar.

In a statement Monday, prosecutor Jose Perals requests that judge Pablo Ruz probe Bartomeu and the club for allegedly defrauding the Tax Office of 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million).

Ruz is overseeing an investigation into whether former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell misappropriated funds to hide the transfer cost paid to Santos.

Ruz previously required Neymar's father to supply the court with documents relating to the signing, including the payment terms and conditions, and asked Barcelona to provide its 2013 boardroom minutes.

Neymar's transfer fee has been under scrutiny since his unveiling at the Camp Nou on June 3, 2013.


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:34 GMT+08:00