- Justice.The National Court sends to the courts of Barcelona the signing of Neymar by Barça
The legal consequences of the signing of Neymar Jr. by Barça do not cease even seven years after remembering. Santos, former team of the Brazilian striker before being transferred to the Barca club, has sent a burofax to FC Barcelona in which he claims 4.5 million euros "as a subscribed criminal clause" in the signing, "as a result of non-compliance »when an agreed friendly match is not held. Specifically, the Brazilian club considers that Barça owes it this amount since two friendly matches were included in the signing with the presence of Neymar between the two teams, but only one was played, the 2013 Joan Gamper Trophy, only about months after the arrival of the striker, who finished with an 8-0 victory for the then team that led the Tata Martino. The second was to be played in Brazil but it never took place.
Therefore, Santos has put his claim in the hands of the law firm Vosseler Abogados that has sent the claim of amount as a previous step to initiate the judicial process. Judicial sources indicate that in recent years the Brazilian club has requested by letter to Barca to pay this money. Precisely, in the sent burofax, signed by lawyer Leire López, he states that “there have been innumerable attempts by my client to comply with the agreements reached, so without further delay, the execution of the claim for the penal clause established, as long as the breach is completely foreign to the will of Santos Futbole Clube, being attributable to the Football Club Barcelona ».
In this sense, one of the conditions of the friendly matches agreed in the signing was the presence of Neymar, an option that vanished, for the moment, with the march of the Brazilian striker to the French PSG. That is why in 2017, Santos started with his request of 4.5 million by letter to Barça and not obtaining an answer as they hope they have started the claim before filing a lawsuit in court.
Precisely, after signing the signing for the Parisian club, Santos announced that he would ask for payment of about 13.4 million euros to Barça and the PSG for the transfer. The Globoesporte portal indicated that Santos claimed a percentage of 5% of the signing of Neymar, about 8.9 million euros plus 4.5 million for the breach of Barcelona by one of the two friendly matches agreed when they signed the striker . The Brazilian team's director considers this amount claimed as compensation for not contesting the missing match.
In the burofax sent at the end of January, Santos' lawyers gave Barça five days to pay the amount claimed before "taking as many legal actions as possible" and detail that Santos has already "duly" remitted the invoice with the "amount due ». They also indicate that they will ask Barça for all judicial expenses of the requested claim if the lawsuit is initiated in court.
It is not the only legal confrontation that Barça and Neymar have as protagonists as a result of the signing of the striker by the Barca club. Last June, the National Court agreed to send to the courts of Barcelona the cause opened for crimes of corruption between individuals and fraud following a complaint by the company DIS, which owns a part of the rights of the player. The soccer player, his parents, the president of FC Barcelona, Josep María Bartomeu and the former president Sandro Rosell are being prosecuted since the magistrates considered that the possible crimes "were committed in Barcelona, a city where the deceptive criminal strategies and behaviors that they gave were deployed place to the commission of those, place from where the capital displacements took place ".
The trial could be held this year although it is not yet indicated. On the bench will sit the player, his relatives and managers of Barça and Santos, in addition to both clubs as legal persons and the family business of the striker, N&N Consulting, for his alleged maneuvers to inflate the cost of signing up to 83 million Euros The Prosecutor's Office asks for 2 years in jail and 10 million euros of fine for the player, two years for his father and one for his mother for the crime of corruption in business, 5 years in prison for Rosell and 8.4 million euros fine for Barcelona and 7 million for Santos.
In 2016, the Audience of Barcelona already prosecuted the alleged fraud of 13 million euros in the signing of Neymar, although Barça admitted the tax offense and was sentenced to pay five and a half million euros.
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