Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a $10.6-million US fine for Neymar on corruption charges because of alleged irregularities during his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to Barcelona.
According to CBC Sports, Prosecutors said Wednesday they are seeking the same punishment for Neymar’s father and former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell. Rosell is facing another three years for fraud charges.
They are all set to stand trial after a complaint brought by Brazilian investment group DIS, which was entitled to 40 per cent of Neymar’s transfer from Santos in 2013 but said it received a smaller compensation because part of the transfer fee was concealed.
DIS has demanded a five-year prison sentence for Neymar and his parents, and an eight-year sentence for Rosell and current Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. It also seeks a fine from Barcelona that could reach more than $200 million, and wants Neymar to be temporarily suspended from playing if found guilty.
A judge this month accepted charges against Bartomeu, but prosecutors spared him on Wednesday, saying he did not directly participate in the negotiations related to Neymar’s transfer.
The judge also accepted fraud charges against Barcelona, Santos and a former president of the Brazilian club, Odilio Rodrigues.
Rodrigues will face a three-year prison sentence, while prosecutors seek a fine of $8.9 million from Barcelona and $7.4 million from Santos.
Prosecutors also said Rosell, Rodrigues, Barcelona and Santos must repay nearly $3.4 million to DIS.
Prosecutors want a one-year prison sentence and a $10.6 million fine for Neymar’s mother, who co-owns one of her husband’s companies representing Neymar. Prosecutors want the company to pay a fine of $1.4 million.
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