Spain’s high court has reopened a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior over his transfer to Barcelona three years ago.
The court had initially dropped the charges against him, his father and agent as well as former Barcelona President Sandro Rosell and Ex-Santos President Odilio Rodrigues in July.
Barcelona agreed in June to pay a $5.5 million euros fine to Spanish authorities to settle the case and said it recognized errors in its tax treatment of Neymar’s signing for the fiscal years of 2011 and 2013. Neymar, who has extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
The case emerged after various complaints over the transfer price paid by Barcelona to sign Neymar. The high court said in its written ruling after reviewing the case and the decision to drop it, it believed there was evidence that possible crimes had been committed.