Neymar must testify in Santos transfer case - reports
Barcelona star Neymar will have to testify publicly in his own defence along with other senior club figures, including Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu, when the case looking into his controversial move to the Catalan club eventually comes to court, according to reports in Spain.
Neymar joined the Camp Nou outfit from Brazilian club Santos in summer 2013 in a deal which has been subject to a long-running investigation by judges in Madrid and Barcelona. The transfer is being probed due to suspicion that misappropriation may have taken place in a complex deal whose details are still not fully clear.
The directors of Neymar's former club have claimed to have been cut out of the arrangement, in which Barca paid out over €80 million in total. Much of that sum allegedly went to companies controlled by the player's father.
No court date has been as yet set for a public hearing of the case in a Barcelona court, but according to a new reports in El Pais and the Cadena Ser radio station, Neymar, Bartomeu and Neymar Senior will be called to give evidence by judge Jose de la Mata.
Former Barca president Sandro Rosell, who resigned in January 2014 soon after the official investigation into the case was announced, is also reportedly set to be called to testify, as well as current and former club chiefs at Santos.
Third-party investors in Brazil also have said they did not receive a fair share of the full transfer fee, and a parallel case is currently making its way through the Brazilian courts.
All parties have denied any wrongdoing on several occasions.