President Bartomeu, his predecessor Rosell and FC Barcelona to stand trial
FC Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been accused of alleged tax fraud amounting to 2.8 millions euros supposedly committed in 2014 over Neymar's transfer. Many complex decisions have been taken for more than a year. Here you have it explained chronologically:
February 19, 2014
The prosecutor asked just on year ago to accuse Barça for alleged tax fraud, considering that FC Barcelona had not paid some taxes in Spain. The club considered that they were already paid in Brazil.
February 24, 2014
Anyway, FC Barcelona already paid 13.5 million after knowing there was an investigation, but this didn't exempt them from the offense, because they paid after the investigation was initiated.
June 3, 2014
The tax office reported that Barça commited a fiscal offense in Neymar's signing. In concret, they were reportedly found guilty of a €9 million tax fraud.
July 22, 2014
Former Barça president, Sandro Rosell, and a FC Barcelona representative (general director, Antoni Rossich) declared before the National High Court.
October 11, 2014
Barça deny to admit tax error in Neymar's signing in a statement. "In any case the Club admitted they did tax fraude. There is the obligation of having 2 contracts endorsed to the company N&N."
February 02, 2015
Spanish Public Prosecutor's Office ask Judge to charge Bartomeu and the club for tax fraud.
Spanish Public Prosecutor's Office ask Judge to charge Bartomeu and the club tax fraud amounting to 2.8 millions euros supposedly committed in 2014. Ruz has been asked to order former president "Sandro Rosell [who was in charge of the club when the player was transfered] and the club itself to face trial for irregularities in the acquisition of the player."
It is also suggested that the player didn't cost €57 million as reported by Rosell. €94.8 million is the proper figure outlined by those working on the case, with prosecutors to have alleged Barcelona failed to pay €12 million in taxes.
February 03, 2015
Judge confirms Bartomeu is accused of alleged tax fraud.
Just one hour later of Barcelona's statement defending on prosecutor's petition, Judge Ruz admitted this petition and asked JM Bartomeu to attend Spanish National High Court. The accusation is based on a report from Spanish Tax Office (Hacienda) which says that the club should have paid €2.8 million: €2.6 million for €5 million from a "contract acknowledging non-fulfilment of the 2011 contract by FCB" (Barça had to pay because they got Neymar before 2014, the year initially agreed), €234,000 from €900,000 per season image contract and €11,700 from €22,500 payed to Neymar's agent, his father.
FC Barcelona statement regarding Prosecutor's petition.
Barcelona expressed its “surprise, indignation and disgareement" and announced that it shall act determinedly to defend its interests:
"In recent months, FC Barcelona has declared its innocence, and has provided all of the documentation requested on numerous occasions and which has been supported by various judicial testimonies. The Club has also been advised at all times by specialists in tax law."
You can read full statement here.
March 13, 2015
The judge to take Barça, Bartomeu and Rosell to court
Judge Pablo Ruz closed the investigation of Neymar's case and suggests that Futbol Club Barcelona, president Josep Maria Bartomeu and former president Sandro Rosell are judged for tax crimes.
The three defendants must respond crimes against the Treasury (both Bartomeu and Barça) and Rosell also have to face another corporate crime. Against the request of Rosell's lawyers requesting the transfer of the case, the trial will not be done in Barcelona.
May 13, 2015
The National High Court to confirm trial
FC Barcelona's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, and the club will stand trial for "Neymar case" accused of tax fraud (€13M fraud to the tax office). The Spanish judge suggested it two months ago and now the National High Court has ordered it as a next expected process of this case.