Neymar ordered to stand trial over Barcelona transfer

Neymar playing against Barcelona in 2011

Brazilian football superstar Neymar has been ordered to stand trial for "fraud and corruption" related to his transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

Final appeals against the prosecution proceeding from the 25-year-old, his parents, Barca and Santos had been rejected in February, while Bartomeu's failed last week, prompting this court order.

Prosecutors claim Barcelona, Santos and the Neymar family lied about the value of the transfer, announced at the time as 57.1 million euros, of which 17 million euros were paid o Santos.

However, Spanish authorities state that the real transfer fee is $90.7 million and all of these allegations began after Brazilian company DIS stated that they didn't get their cut out of the deal as they owned 40 percent of Neymar's rights.

For first-time offenders in non-violent crimes in Spain, sentences of two years or less are suspended, so it is unlikely the player would serve any prison time.

The charges were brought after a complaint by a Brazilian investment group which said it received a smaller compensation because part of Neymar's transfer fee was concealed by those involved.

Neymar has been accused of helping to hide the true transfer fee of his move from Santos to Barcelona in June 2013.

However, DIS also recommended that Neymar be banned from playing football during any judicial sentence.

In July 2016 a judge ruled that irregularities in the transfer were detected but said it was an issue for a civil court, not a criminal court, to settle.

They are also seeking a five-year sentence for former club president Sandro Rosell, who resigned over the scandal in 2014.

Neymar is far from the only Barca star to find himself embroiled in problems with the Spanish authorities.

Neymar's career has skyrocketed at Barcelona, where he has excelled on the pitch alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

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