Neymar, Barca appeal rejected by Spanish court

Neymar, Barca appeal rejected by Spanish court

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed appeals from Neymar and Barcelona over alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian star’s transfer from Santos in 2013.The 25-year-old Brazilian striker is being investigated in Brazil and Spain over his headline move to La Liga.

Barcelona originally published the transfer figure as 57.1 million euros with 40 million euros of that given to the player’s family. But Spanish authorities believe the true transfer figure was at least 83 million euros.

In November, prosecutors recommended that the striker be handed a two-year jail sentence and a fine of 10 million euros for alleged corrupt practices.

The case initiated with a complaint from Brazilian investment company dis, which owned 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at the time of his transfer.