They approved the deal with the prosecutor with 14 votes in favour, 2 opposed and 2 abstentions
14 votes in favour, 2 opposed and 2 abstentions. This was the result of the vote made by the Board to decide if Barça was to seal a deal with the prosecutor. Therefore, the club assumes the whole responsibility for Neymar's signing and will pay a 5.5 million euros fine for two tax frauds, but the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, are out of the trial.
After the vote, Josep Maria Bartomeu appeared in a press conference and confirmed the decision would have to be authenticated by an extraordinary meeting of delegates. If the socios say the handling of this case was negative from the club's part, Bartomeu conceded he would resign and leave Barça.
As for the deal, the Blaugranas' president keep saying that "we would sign Neymar the same way" but he conceded that "maybe we would change some advisor..." In addition, he said that "Barça's image will not be harmed, it grows every day. If we had gone on with the trial, it maybe would have been worse. We preferred to accept the deal because the fine would have maybe been superior or not. But we think it is what is best."
Bartomeu denied that Neymar's father has had an influence in the deal but he said that "if it helps the renwal better". The club's president recognised that there are still negotiations to be done to seal the renewas of the contract that terminates in June of 2018.
FULL BARÇA STATEMENT
"The Board of Directors, which convened for an ordinary session at the Club's offices on Monday, has decided to approve the agreement presented by the Club's Legal Services with regard to the case surrounding the signing of Neymar Jr, currently being heard in the Courts of the Province of Barcelona.
The agreement involves the recognition by the Club of an error in tax planning for the signing of the player, for the fiscal years 2011 and 2013, when they did not not correctly withhold payments resulting from his incorporation. In addition, the Club has been exonerated from responsibility for the fiscal year 2014, which was also part of the proceedings.
The Board considers the approval of this agreement to be a positive step, one that puts an end to a situation of legal uncertainty that could have affected the viability of the Club's sporting and economic plan in the coming years.
Given the importance of this decision, the Board has decided to subject the motion to approval at the next General Assembly of Member Delegates.
In addition, the Board has approved several auxiliary services contracts for the Club for the next two seasons, covering the areas of security, access control, and ball retrieval staff, among others.
The Board also approved a new FCB Escola in Ottawa, Canada, the country's fourth, which will commence operations in October."