Neymar charged in Brazil

Barcelona forward Neymar has been charged by the Brazilian authorities with tax evasion, having appeared in court in Spain on Tuesday in a separate case.

Neymar’s Tuesday court appearance related to a case involving DIS, a group that held part of Neymar’s registration while he was on the books at Santos.

DIS allege that Barca, Santos, Neymar and his parents, among others, hid the true fee involved in taking the player to Camp Nou and, as a result, they missed out on money they were contractually obliged.

Marca reports Neymar testified for an hour-and-a-half and declined to comment on what was said upon leaving the court.

Neymar Sr is said by AS to have taken responsibility for any tax irregularities for which his son has been blamed, but insisted the agreement with Barca was correct and proper.

AS reports separately that Neymar, his father, Barca, Santos, Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell also face charges in Brazil.

It is alleged those involved evaded tax and falsified documents over a period between 2006 and 2013.

Neymar, his father and Santos are accused of contract fraud relating to image rights in his agreement with Santos between 2006 and 2013, when he moved to Barca.

Rosell, Bartomeu and Barca are alleged to have entered into a similar arrangement when Neymar moved to Spain.

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