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Barcelona president questioned in court over Neymar transfer

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu questioned in Spanish court over Neymar's transfer

FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, right, celebrates scoring against Villarreal with teammates Neymar, from Brazil, center, and Luis Suarez during the sem...
FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, looks on during a semifinal, first leg, Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp ...

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, right, celebrates scoring against Villarreal with teammates Neymar, from Brazil, center, and Luis Suarez during the sem...

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, looks on during a semifinal, first leg, Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp ...

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is answering questions before a National Court judge in Madrid, after becoming a suspect in a tax fraud probe linked to the signing of striker Neymar.

Bartomeu arrived in court on Friday accompanied by a legal representative, while dozens of press reporters and photographers lined the street to get a glimpse.

The citation arises from a request by State Prosecutor Jose Perals that judge Pablo Ruz investigate Bartomeu and the club over an alleged fraud committed in the signing of Neymar.

Ruz is trying to determine whether Bartomeu, as club president, defrauded Spain's Tax Office of 2.8 million euros ($3.2 million) as part of the deal.

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


Updated : 2021-09-27 19:11 GMT+08:00