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Football star Neymar’s fraud trial begins

Brazilian soccer star Neymar has taken his place in the dock in Spain. The trial of the soccer star and others accused of fraud and alleged corruption in the professional’s move from FC Santos to FC Barcelona in 2013 began in Barcelona’s District Court on Monday, and prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a ten-year sentence for Neymar million. euro. A special prosecutor is even demanding five years in prison.

Neymar in court in Spain

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Neymar, 30, denied all the allegations. The oral hearing is scheduled for October 31. The Brazilian, whose team Paris Saint-Germain scored in a 1-0 win over Olympique de Marseille on Sunday, is scheduled to testify until Friday.

In addition to Neymar, who has been playing for the French champions since 2017, the professional’s parents and two former Barcelona presidents, Josep Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, are also charged. The attorney general’s office is demanding the maximum sentence for Russell: five years. In Spain, prison sentences of up to about two years are always suspended for those without a criminal record. All the suspects had previously denied the allegations.

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