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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.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 26: Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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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