Neymar will testify on Tuesday about his move to Barcelona in 2013

Barcelona: Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar will testify on Tuesday at trial after allegations of fraud and corruption during the player’s transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013. In addition to Neymar, 30 people will be tried, including parents of the player, the representatives of the two club and the president of Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the former president of Santos Odilio Rodriguez. All the defendants denied any wrongdoing. Judge Jose Manuel del Amo Sanchez accepted Neymar’s defense team’s request to testify Tuesday instead of Friday, as expected, with Paris Saint-Germain linked to a match in that day. Prosecutors in Spain are demanding a two-year prison sentence and a fine of 10 million euros (9.8 million dollars) for Neymar, as well as five years in prison for former Barcelona president Rosell and a fine of 8.4 million. euro for the club Spanish. The case relates to a complaint from Brazilian investment firm DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar’s rights during his tenure at Santos, that he had lost money in the player’s transfer because the value of the deal was underestimated. The company asked Neymar for a heavier penalty than five years in prison and a € 149 million fine, with a ban on gambling for the duration of the sentence set by the judge. The judge exonerated Neymar and the rest of the defendants from completing the rest of the trial sessions. Neymar arrived in Barcelona today, Monday, in private plane, from Paris, where he resides. Neymar, dressed in black, and his father talked to Russell and joked in classroom before the trial began shortly after 10:00. Sitting in the dock, Neymar sometimes seemed distracted, watching in low and yawning. Neymar laughed when the judge said he must have been tired after scoring the only goal in PSG’s victory over Olympique de Marseille on Sunday. Lawyer Maria Masso of the Baker Foundation, who is defending Neymar and his family, said the player had not committed any crime and that the Spanish courts had no jurisdiction to prosecute Neymar’s family because the transfer agreement involved a player and Brazilian citizens. Neymar, a key player in Brazil’s World Cup finals in Qatar next month, he lost an appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court in 2017, paving the way for his trial. DIS said last week that the real value of Neymar’s transfer between Santos and Barcelona was 82 million euros, while only 17 million euros appeared in the official transfer. (Reuters)