FC Barcelona isn’t out of the woods with the NeymarGate scandal and could even find themselves in hot water with the Spanish Professional Football League (LFP).
The body is awaiting some new documents to be supplied by the club over the signing of the Brazilian and the Catalan club could be fined around 300,000 euros if the organisation is not convinced.
Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish LFP stated: “One thing is what has been done at the legal level of stating a sum of money which might correspond to an income tax declaration, and another is non-fulfilment of the rules of the league”.
Neymar’s signing from Brazilian club Santos is currently being investigated by the Spanish High Court with judge Pablo Ruz at the helm of the investigation. The Catalan giants are being accused of “misappropriation through diversion” and are accused of tax fraud.
The Catalan club made a payment to the Spanish Inland Revenue on Monday, which amounted to some 13.5 M euros “in light of the difference in interpretation of the scope of the tax obligations resulting from the transfer”.
LFP president Javier Tebas explained that 10 days ago “Barcelona was called to give evidence to the league in order to offer explanations as to whether the signing of Neymar Junior failed to comply with financial control regulations”.
According to the rules of the Spanish Professional Football League, “Barcelona may be fined between €60,000 and €300,000”.