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Spain: Neymar Faces Possible Prison Sentence Up to Six Years

Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar da Silva

A Spanish who supervises an investigation into suspected fraud and corruption in the Neymar transfer to Barcelona in 2013, said on Wednesday that the Brazilian star could be sentenced to four to six years imprisonment.

Neymar and the current president of Barcelona, Josep María Bartomeu, and his predecessor Sandro Rosell await trial on charges of “corruption” in the annexation of the current striker of the French club Paris SG, from his former club Santos in 2013.

Bartomeu, Rosell, and Barcelona must also be brought before the judiciary with the crime of “corruption”, as well as the former club of Neymar in Brazil, Santos club and the former President Odilio Rodrigues Filho.

The case was opened after a Brazilian investment group said it received a smaller compensation because part of Neymar’s transfer fee was concealed by those involved.

Judge Jose Maria Vasquez said Wednesday that if the accusations of “corruption and fraud” confirmed the punishment that may be imposed in principles may be between four and six years.

Prosecutors were seeking a two-year sentence for the Paris Saint-Germain player for alleged irregularities related to his transfer to Barcelona five years ago.

The arrangement is a setback for Neymar because in Spain sentences of two years or less for first offenses are usually suspended, meaning he would avoid any jail time.

Neymar moved in the summer of 2017 from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain, in a bargain worth 222 million euros, which made him the most expensive player in the world.

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