Barca accused of tax fraud

Barcelona have been accused of committing tax fraud of more than €9m over the signing of Brazilian Neymar.

The news comes this afternoon after the Judge Pablo Ruz received a report by the Tax Agency investigating the transfer of the former Santos player. He then concluded that Barca had made the offense.

According to Spanish news sources, court proceedings will now take place with the prosecution pushing for sanctions against the Catalan giants in light of these new revelations.

Meanwhile, Barca will send their own legal representative to the hearing as well as former club President Sandro Rosell.

The prosecution states that the fraud is related to a failure by the club to properly report payments they made to companies linked with Neymar, both in 2011 and 2013, to secure his signature.

The figure mentioned, €9.1m, is 24.75 per cent of the €37.9m Barca reportedly paid to the businesses. The prosecution believes that the €9.1m were not part of the transfer at all but instead formed part of the player’s wages.

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