Barcelona vice-President Jordi Cardoner has accused the Spanish authorities of using the Neymar tax case as a political weapon against Catalonia.
The Spanish National Court in Madrid confirmed on Wednesday it had accepted the state prosecutor’s request to proceed with the trial against the club, their former President Sandro Rosell and incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The announcement came just a day after Barca reached the Champions League final, leaving the club’s vice-President of social affairs (pictured right) to question whether the court’s motives were politically-charged.
“This isn’t just an attack on Barcelona, it’s an attack on the country of Catalonia because the club are the flagship of Catalanism,” he was quoted as saying by AS.
“Nothing surprises me anymore. I’m delighted that Real Madrid aren’t [Barca’s] opponents in the [Champions League] final in Berlin.”