Barca charged with tax fraud over Neymar transfer

A Spanish court has charged league champions Barcelona with tax fraud of 9.1 million euros (£7.5m) over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar.

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Judge Pablo Ruz said in his decision, released in Madrid today, there was enough evidence to merit charges over Neymar's 57 million euro (then £47m) move from Santos last summer.

Ruz is also investigating former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the deal.

Rosell quit soon after it emerged 40 million euros (£33m) of the transfer was paid to a firm operated by Neymar's father, who has been called on to testify by Ruz.

The decision comes a day after public prosecutor Jose Perals charged Barcelona with fabricating simulated contracts and using "financial engineering" to defraud the Spanish Treasury.

Barcelona have denied the charges.

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