Neymar and his father deny any irregularity in their corruption process
Neymar claimed he did not take part in the negotiations and signed what his father asked him to do and denied committing any irregularities during his move to Barca in 2013 before the Spanish courts on Tuesday.
“My father always took care of contract negotiations,” “I sign what he tells me,” assured the Brazilian who will lead the “Seleçao” at a brief hearing in court in Barcelona. from November 20th in Qatar.
‘Ney’, dressed in a dark suit, also claimed he didn’t ‘remember’ having taken part in the negotiations for the exclusive deal sealed with Barça in 2011 for his future transfer.
That agreement is one of the issues at the heart of this trial, which opened on Monday and seeks to establish whether Brazilian investment company DIS – owned 40% of the player’s rights when he played for Brazilian club de Santos before leaving Barcelona – was cheated on during this operation.
“Neymar never got involved in the negotiations,” confirmed the player’s father, who also sued his wife in the case.
Prosecutors accused the Brazilian striker of corruption and demanded two years in prison and a fine of 10 million euros. Sentences of two years or less will not be carried out in Spain if the convict’s file is clean.
In addition to his parents, two ex-Barça presidents – Sandro Rosell and Josep María Bartomeu – and a former coach of Brazilian club Santos, Odilio Rodrigues Filho, are also on trial alongside him.
Originally scheduled for Friday at the earliest, the player’s hearing was brought forward at the request of his lawyers, who highlighted his footballing imperatives at PSG, LaLiga Friday and Champions League Tuesday.
“Ney” no longer has to attend the trial and can simply speak via video conference at the end of the trial, which is scheduled for October 31st, if he so chooses.
– DIS demands 35 million –
DIS, which took the case to court in 2015, believes he was wronged in the transfer and claims Barça, Neymar and his family and then Santos conspired in a second step to hide the true magnitude of the operation.” him.
She slams them for not informing her of the existence of the 2011 exclusivity deal, which she says distorted the transfer window by preventing other clubs from competing to recruit Neymar.
Barça originally estimated the cost of the transfer at 57.1 million euros (40 million for Neymar and his family and 17.1 for Santos) but Spanish judiciary estimate that it actually cost at least 83 million euros.
DIS, which received 6.8 million euros out of the 17.1 million euros officially paid to the Brazilian club, are claiming 35 million euros, the amount it lost in the case.
Questioned on Tuesday, Neymar’s father assured that it was not up to him but to Santos to inform DIS about the existence of perfectly legal negotiations, which he believes and more has been authorized by the Brazilian club in a 2011 letter.
Neymar’s defense also maintains that the €40m bonus received by the player who sensationally left Barça for PSG in 2017 was a “legal and customary transfer bonus in the football market”.
Asked by the public prosecutor to testify, Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez remained extremely evasive. While confirming that his club Santos had made a €45m offer for Neymar, he claimed not to have been directly involved in the negotiations and emphasized that ‘players go where they want’.
This process is nicknamed “Neymar 2”, “Neymar 1” and denotes the tax evasion case resulting from the same transfer. It was finalized in 2016 by an agreement between prosecutors and Barça, who agreed to pay a fine of 5.5 million.
Neymar and Barça also clashed in court but signed an ‘amicable’ settlement in July 2021 that ended all their disputes.
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