Two-year sentence sought for Barcelona president in Neymar affair

AFP , Monday 23 Mar 2015

Josep Maria Bartomeu
Barcelona's President Josep Maria Bartomeu (Photo: Reuters)

Spanish prosecutors are requesting a two-year prison sentence for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sanrdo Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said on Monday.

The Madrid court is also calling for a fine of 22.2 million euros ($24.1 million) against the club over the transfer deal which has been the subject of an anti-corruption probe.

Following months of investigation, a Spanish judge considering whether the case should go to trial said 10 days ago that the two defendants were suspected of three counts of tax fraud worth a total of 13 million euros ($13.6 million), relating to the signing of the Brazilian striker in 2013.

The club has said it paid 57 million euros overall to sign Neymar from Brazilian club Santos, but the judge suspects the real amount was more than 83 million euros.

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