Neymar cleared of fraud and corruption charges by Spanish prosecutors

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Prosecutors in Spain have dropped all fraud and corruption charges against Neymar and other defendants in a case involving his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

Neymar was facing a two-year prison sentence plus a €10 million fine for alleged irregularities in his 2013 transfer to Barcelona before being cleared of fraud and corruption charges.

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The case was brought to court after the Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned 40% of Neymar’s rights at Santos, claimed that much more money was involved in the transfer.

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DIS claimed that it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value was understated.

The PSG attacker, his parents, and former Barcelona presidents Sandro Rossell and Josep Bartomeu were all defendants in the trial.

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At the start of the trial, DIS said it was demanding a five-year jail term for Neymar, and a total fine of €149million fine for the defendants.

Neymar cleared of fraud and corruption charges by Spanish prosecutors

However, after hearing weeks of testimony from several high-profile witnesses, Spanish authorities decided to acquit everyone involved.

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“There is no evidence or proof, only allegations. Or at least it hasn’t been demonstrated,” said prosecutor Luis Garcia Canton. “Brazilian civil law and FIFA codes were broken, but not (Spain’s) penal code.”

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