Ex-Barcelona star and President in court
In connection with the ongoing corruption investigation, the former President and star player of Barcelona appears in court.
After losing in the El Clasico, Barcelona may be trying to come to terms with a crisis on the pitch, but the justice department in Spain is still trying to tie up the loose ends of an institutional crisis that began more than ten years ago.
After being accused of corruption in connection with the deal that brought Neymar Junior to Barcelona in 2013, former Barcelona President Sandro Rosell was compelled to resign from his position in 2014. His resignation took effect in 2014.
After two separate trials and more than a year of preventative incarceration, he was found not guilty of the initial charges against him and acquitted.
On Monday morning, he made his second appearance in court where he is being accused of bribery between individuals in Barcelona. The state is requesting a sentence of five years in prison for the defendant.
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Another disgraced president of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the player himself, Neymar, can be seen sitting on the bench next to him.
The prosecution is also demanding that the player for Paris Saint-Germain serve a two-year sentence for his part in the incident. According to Sport, Bartomeu has been found not guilty in connection with this matter.
It often seems to be the case that no matter what charges are brought against football players, they rarely end up in jail as a result of their actions.
There is a good chance that Neymar will be given a suspended sentence, as has been the case with other high-profile tax cases, such as those involving Iker Casillas, Rafael Nadal, and Lionel Messi.