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Report: Neymar Transfer Investigation to Continue

  • ESPN FC, Monday, January 27, 2014 12:47 PM
The investigation into Barcelona's Neymar transfer, which has so far led to the resignation of former club president Sandro Rosell, will continue, despite reports claiming that Barca member Jordi Cases plans to withdraw the official complaint he made that precipitated the investigation. ESPN reports that because judge Pablo Ruiz has already accepted there could be a case for the Catalan giant to answer for over the alleged “misappropriation” of funds related to the transfer, the matter must now be investigated to a conclusion.

This means that Rosell, his successor Jose Maria Bartomeu and Neymar’s father Neymar Sr. could still be called on to testify in a Madrid courtroom. Bartomeu on Friday revealed that nearly $118 million was paid to Neymar Sr. and his former club Santos in a variety of different ways; the court is now expected to examine the documentation signed by all parties involved.

“I do not believe there is anyone behind Jordi Cases, but someone in Madrid has 'made this fly very high',” Barca president Bartomeu told AS. “The complaint should have been made closer to home. They have tried to damage us, but they have not managed to.”

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