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SBD Global/February 21, 2014/Franchises

Spanish Judge Pablo Ruz Charges Barcelona With Tax Fraud Following Prosecutor's Request

A court spokesperson said that Barcelona has been charged by a Spanish court with "committing tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar last year," according to Iain Rogers of REUTERS. The spokesperson said, "Judge Pablo Ruz has charged FC Barcelona with an infringement against the tax authority relating to the purchase of the Brazilian player (Neymar)." The club denied wrongdoing after it was "reported on Wednesday that Spain's public prosecutor" had asked Ruz to "lay fraud charges" (REUTERS, 2/20). ESPN's Dermot Corrigan reported "Madrid-based judge Ruz is currently conducting an investigation" into the "complicated" €86.2M deal and has asked Barcelona, Neymar’s father and FIFA for "all documentation relating to the transfer amid reported suspicions of the existence of different versions of the paperwork" (ESPN, 2/19).
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