Neymar cleared of fraud but corruption trial awaits

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The courts have, however, ruled in favour of the player with regards his charges of fraud, while also favouring a €10 million fine and a two-year jail sentence for the Brazilian with respect to the charges of corruption.

The transfer has given rise to several investigations in Spain and Brazil.

The charges were brought after a complaint by a Brazilian investment group which said it received a smaller compensation because part of Neymar's transfer fee was concealed by those involved.

The prosecution claims although the official transfer fee was 17.1 million euros ($18.7 million), Barcelona made secret payments to Neymar, with the total fee adding up to around 25.1 million ($27.5 million).

Judge Jose de la Mata has imposed the order on the striker, as well as his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Russell, Santos president Odilio Rodrigues and representatives of the two clubs.

However, Spanish authorities state that the real transfer fee is $90.7 million and all of these allegations began after Brazilian company DIS stated that they didn't get their cut out of the deal as they owned 40 percent of Neymar's rights.

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Neymar is not the first Barcelona player to get into trouble with the Spanish authorities.

If found guilty, Neymar could face a jail sentence and large fine.

Neymar joked with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in training on Friday at the FC Barcelona Sports Center.

The club also admitted that it paid nearly €100m (about R1.49 billion) for Neymar, not the €57.1m (about R855.7m) it originally claimed.

Barca have won back-to-back Spanish league and Cup doubles with the trio and won the Champions League in 2015.

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