FC Barcelona News & Update: Neymar's Transfer Case Closed By Barcelona Court
Barcelona confirmed in a press release that the legal proceedings stemming from club member Jordi Cases's complaint concerning Neymar's signing to the club has already been ratified.
Spanish tax prosecutors have called for a two-year prison sentence to Neymar regarding his transfer to Barcelona in 2013. The club already reached a settlement worth €5.5M ($5.7M), with board members voting 14 - 2 with 2 abstentions in favor of absolving current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and former president Sandro Rosell.
"On Wednesday morning, at the headquarters of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, the legal representative of FC Barcelona ratified the writ of conclusions and approval in relation to the open proceedings concerning the signing of the player Neymar Jr. The ratification of the agreement was signed jointly along with the Public Prosecutor's Office and the State Attorney's Office," according to the press statement.
The case stemmed from Jordi Cases's complaint that claimed that Sandro Rosell misappropriated club funds by hiding the real cost of Neymar's transfer fee behind false contracts. It led to the resignation of Rosell in January 2014, although Cases dropped his lawsuit in October 2014. The case was finally closed after Barcelona paid a fine of €5.5M ($5.7M) to reach a settlement, absolving Rosell and Bartomeu.
While the case from Jordi Cases is already settled, it's not the end for Neymar's legal disputes. There is another ongoing case against him regarding his transfer brought about by Brazilian investment group DIS, who are claiming that they are allegedly owed more money from the transfer.