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Neymar avoids two-year jail sentence as all fraud and corruption charges dropped

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By AFP

NEYMAR has seen all fraud and corruption charges against him dropped by Spanish prosecutors.

The PSG star 30, was facing a punishment of up to two years in prison and a hefty fine.

This was in relation to a case which centred around an allegation from Brazilian investment firm DIS – which owned 40 per cent of the rights to Neymar when he was at Brazilian club Santos.

They were alleging that they lost out on their rightful cut from the transfer because the value of the deal was understated.

A court document released in July alleged that, in 2011, Barcelona  paid Neymar 40 million euros to ensure he moved to the Nou Camp when his Santos contract expired in 2014.

The offence – which saw Neymar and his family accused – is not punishable in Brazil but a trial was ongoing in Spain until today when the charges were thrown out

According to reports, Neymar’s legal team will claim costs against the prosecution for “recklessness, acting in poor faith and for abuse of process”, while also reserving the right to claim for damages.

Speaking during his first testimony earlier this week, Neymar said: “I didn’t participate in the negotiations.

“My father always took care of it and always will. I sign everything he tells me to sign.

“Playing for Barcelona was always my dream, a childhood dream.”

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