Bartomeu maintains Neymar innocence

Josep Maria Bartomeu maintains Barcelona have committed “no crime” in the Neymar tax case and is hopeful of a resolution in the near future.

The President, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club are due to stand trial on charges of tax evasion relating to the Brazilian’s transfer from Santos in 2013, while a Spanish judge agreed to investigate a legal complaint from DIS, the player’s former third-party owners, last month.

“[On the Neymar tax case], there’s no crime. The National Court has closed the [case] folder and sent it to a court in Barcelona,” he told ESPN.

“It is a technical, economic issue between Spain and Brazil, relating to the withholding of taxes, but there’s no crime.

“Neymar cost €57.1m. The National Court judge has never declared a fixed cost of the purchase. The problem was a tax issue.”

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