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Neymar to appear in court for fraud



Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar has been called to give evidence by Spain’s national court for alleged fraud surrounding his transfer to Barcelona in 2013.

His parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and former club president Sandro Rosell, and two directors of Neymar’s former club Santos have also been called to give evidence, according to a court filing released on Wednesday.

They are to appear before the court on February 2nd.

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The national court last year rejected Neymar’s request to throw out a probe into the irregularities. The court is looking into a complaint made by a Brazilian investment group which claims it was financially harmed when Barcelona and Neymar allegedly withheld the real amount of the player’s transfer fee from the Brazilian club Santos in 2013.

The complaint made in June by the investment group DIS names Neymar, his father and Barcelona as defendants, along with Rosell and Bartomeu.

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