offpitch | 2015-05-13
Neymar Case trial declared open
FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell will stand on trial
Judge Jose de la Mata has decided to open the trial against FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell for three counts of fiscal fraud in the signing of Neymar Jr.
De la Mata has ruled the end of the discovery phase of the case and will have the accused stand on trial. They have allegedly defrauded the Spanish state of €13 million.
Judge Jose de la Mata said in a written ruling there was evidence that they "knew the real cost of the signing of Neymar would be greater" than what they recorded in the club's 2013 accounts.
The defendants have 10 days to make court filings in their defence, the court said. It did not set a trial date for the time being, but it will probably start in 2016.
You can read the details of the Neymar case here. The Neymar case explained
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