Spanish League President Javier Tebas has defended Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu over the so-called ‘Neymar Case’.
Bartomeu is facing a tax fraud probe in relation to the Brazilian’s transfer from Santos to Barcelona in June 2013 and Tebas [pictured] says he is surprised at the charges being brought against him.
“I’m surprised they can charge someone within two or three days when they’ve had a long time to sort this problem out,” he is quoted as saying by Sport.
“It does not appear to fit in with normal legal practice. For the tax offence in 2014 with which he is charged, payments can be made up until January 31, 2015, which was only a few days ago.
“As a lawyer I think this writ contains significant legal failings, because they are talking about income tax from 2014 and it can be paid up until the end of January 2015 before it becomes a crime.
“It seems a little hasty given that Barcelona have been subjected to an inspection. I’m speaking as a lawyer and about the charges against Bartomeu, which are not the same as those in the case against [former Barca President] Sandro Rosell.