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Neymar called to serve two-year prison sentence

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Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos three years ago but the fallout over the transfer is still rumbling on.

Following concerns regarding potential corruption involved in bringing the Brazilian star to the Camp Nou, a Spanish court case has now concluded to call for Neymar to serve time in prison.

The true value of the deal and the added complication of third-party ownership initially raised suspicion and both Neymar and his father have been accused of hiding the exact figures involved.

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Brazilian investment group DIS owned 40% of Neymar's transfer rights before his big money move in 2013 and claimed they had not received the full value they had been owed once the deal was completed.

That prompted the recent court case and on Wednesday afternoon it was announced that Spanish prosecutors have called for the 24-year-old to serve a two-year prison sentence for his involvement in the crime, as per BBC Sport.

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Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell hasn't escaped lightly either after Judge Jose Perals called for a five-year sentence and a fine worth a €8.4 million.

It was better news for current president Josep Maria Bartomeu, however, who had all charges against him dropped.

Even though Neymar has been ordered to serve a prison sentence, he is extremely unlikely to actually spend any time behind bars.

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That's because according to Spanish law, any prison sentence of two years or less can be suspended if it is the first offence.

Both Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano have benefitted from the loophole after tax issues in the recent past so Neymar will be hopeful he can seal a similar fate.

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