Barcelona charged with tax fraud over Neymar transfer

BY foxsports • February 20, 2014

A Spanish court has charged Spanish league champion Barcelona with tax fraud of 9.1 million euros ($12.5 million) over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar.

Judge Pablo Ruz said in his decision, released on Thursday, there was enough evidence to merit charges over Neymar's 57 million euro (then $77 million) move from Santos last summer.

Ruz is also investigating former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the deal.

Rosell quit soon after it emerged 40 million euros ($55 million) of the transfer was paid to a firm operated by Neymar's father, who has been called upon to testify by Ruz.

Thursday's decision comes a day after public prosecutor Jose Perals charged Barcelona with fabricating simulated contracts and using ''financial engineering'' to defraud the Spanish Treasury.

Barcelona has denied the charges.

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