Brazilian Neymar no longer faces prison, prosecutors withdraw all charges of fraud and corruption

Charges of fraud and corruption against Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian striker Neymar and others have been dropped, prosecutors confirmed Friday.

Neymar faced a fine of 10 million euros (9.95 million dollars).

Brazilian investment firm DIS owned 40% of Neymar’s rights when he was in Santos. The company claims it suffered financial losses as a result of the 30-year-old’s relocation.

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Neymar Oct.  17, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, Spain.

Neymar Oct. 17, 2022 in Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, Spain.
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Neymar’s parents have been named as defendants in the case along with former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell. Former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues was also listed as a defendant.

Prosecutors had asked for a five-year prison sentence for Rosell and a € 8.4 million fine for Barcelona.

In this June 13, 2019 photo, Brazilian footballer Neymar speaks to the press as he leaves a police station.

In this June 13, 2019 photo, Brazilian footballer Neymar speaks to the press as he leaves a police station.
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Neymar will appear next Monday, the last day of the trial, via videoconference.

“Believe in yourself and God will show you how strong you are,” Neymar said on Twitter.

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According to a court document released in July, Barcelona are accused of having entered into negotiations with Neymar in 2011.

Barcelona reportedly paid him € 40m in an effort to ensure he joined the club when his contract with Santos expired in 2014.

Neymar of Brazil, right, in action during a match between Brazil and Zambia at the Beijing National Stadium on Oct. 12, 15, 2013, in Beijing, China.

Neymar of Brazil, right, in action during a match between Brazil and Zambia at the Beijing National Stadium on Oct. 12, 15, 2013, in Beijing, China.
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“I think it is excessive to consider that offering 40 million euros is a crime,” the prosecutor told ESPN.

Rosell attempted to downplay the 40 million euro payment before the charges were dropped.

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“It’s like buying an apartment and paying a deposit … you pay to have a future priority right to what you want to acquire,” testified the former Barcelona boss.

DIS received € 6.8 million, which represented 40% of the Brazilian player’s official transfer price of € 17.1 million.

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Neymar has denied all allegations.