Judge to hear case over Neymar deal

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Madrid – A Spanish judge Wednesday agreed to hear a case lodged against Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar.

Judge Pablo Ruz of the National Court in Madrid issued a ruling accepting the case but adding that there was no “urgency or necessity” to hear Rosell's testimony at this stage.

A member of the fan-owned club, Jordi Cases, lodged a complaint last month against Rosell alleging misappropriation because members do not know the “real destination” of 40 million euros ($54

million) supposedly paid to Neymar family business N&N.

The contents of the complaint and documents received from Barcelona football club provided “sufficient elements” for the case to proceed, the judge said.

He ordered a commission of inquiry to travel to Brazil to obtain a copy of the 21-year-old Neymar's contract with former club Santos.

The judge instructed Neymar to submit a contract he had signed with N&N ceding future financial rights.

However, he said there was no “urgency or necessity” to hear Rosell's testimony until the preliminary inquiry was more advanced.

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A Spanish judge Wednesday agreed to consider a case lodged against Barcelona president Sandro Rosell over the signing of Brazilian striker Neymar.

A member of the fan-owned club, Jordi Cases, lodged a complaint last month against Rosell alleging misappropriation because members do not know the “real destination” of 40 million euros ($54million) supposedly paid to Neymar family business N&N. – Sapa-AFP


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