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Prosecutor asks for 2–year jail term for Barcelo star Neymar

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Madrid, Nov 23:The prosecutor at the Spanish tiol Court on

Wednesday asked for a two–year prison sentence for FC Barcelo’s

striker Neymar Junior for corruption in relation to the contracts he

signed with the reigning La Liga football champions between 2011 and

2013.

The prosecutor also asked for a five–year jail term for former

Barcelo president Sandro Rosell for corruption and fraud as well as a

fine of 8.4 million euros (around $9 million) for FC Barcelo, reports

Xinhua. He did, however, drop charges against current Barcelo

President Josep Maria Bartomeu who was Rosell’s vice president when

Neymar was signed. The case came about as the prosecutor believes that

in 2011 Barcelo promised to pay Neymar, who then played for Brazilian

side Santos de Sao Paulo, 40 million euros ($42.2 million) to make sure

he would sign with them when his contract expired and he was a free

agent.

This not only went against global football governing body FIFA’s

rules, but also affected free competition between clubs and means that a

company med DIS, which then owned 40 percent of Neymar’s rights, also

lost out fincially.

DIS had earlier asked for a 5–year prison sentence for Neymar and

8–year terms for Rosell and Bartomeu, while also demanding that Neymar

be forbidden from playing for the length of the trial. Neymar recently

extended his contract with Barcelo until 2021. (IANS)

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