17 Jun, 2015 @ 16:10
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Neymar hit with backhander allegations in transfer to Barcelona

Barcelona Neymar probe
Barcelona's Neymar playing for Brazil
Barcelona's Neymar playing for Brazil
Barcelona’s Neymar playing for Brazil

BARCELONA ace Neymar has been dragged into a fraud investigation looking into the Brazilian footballer’s transfer to the Spanish giants.

Prosecutors representing Neymar’s former club Santos claim the striker, his father and Barcelona officials took backhanders from his transfer fee.

A Barcelona spokesman maintains the club paid €57 million to sign the Brazilian international but prosecutors claim the fee was actually in the region of €83 million.

The courts suspect that Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his predecessor Josep Bartomeu hid the real cost from the taxman.

Rob Horgan

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