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Neymar Faces Six Years In Prison As Court Look At Santos To Barcelona Transfer

Neymar: PSG star could face six years in prison (Image: GETTY)

NEYMAR could face six years in prison with courts reportedly re-examining his move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

Neymar is currently starring for PSG, who he joined from Barcelona back in the summer of 2017 in a world-record £200million transfer.

Yet reports from Catalonia claim the player could face spending the next six years behind bars.

Neymar was last year ordered to stand trial by the Spanish court as they looked at his move from Santos to Barcelona five years ago.

Barcelona newspaper Lavanguardia claim that now, at the last minute, the national court has referred the case to the Criminal Chamber.

That means Neymar would then sit in front of three magistrates, meaning any sentence can be extended past five years.

Lavanguardia say they have access to a ruling that reveals the Brazilian would face a potential spell of four to six years in prison.

But the start of the case will be delayed due to the Spanish court’s decision to move it to the Criminal Chamber.

Investigations into Neymar’s move from Santos to Barcelona have been ongoing since 2014.

Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been accused of tax fraud.

A statement released by Barcelona three years ago, though, insisted they were not in the wrong.

“FC Barcelona wishes to express to its members its surprise, indignation and total disagreement with the public prosecutor’s petition for the Club and its former president Sandro Rosell to face trial for presumed misdemeanors in the transfer of the player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr,” it said.

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“In recent months, FC Barcelona has declared its innocence, and has provided all of the documentation requested on numerous occasions and which has been supported by various judicial testimonies.

“The Club has also been advised at all times by specialists in tax law.

“With respect to the specific request by the Public Prosecutors Office to charge President Josep Maria Bartomeu for a supposed tax offence in 2014, FC Barcelona also wishes to declare its utter disagreement.”

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