Sanctions regarding Neymar transfer

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On Tuesday, FIFA announced that it had punished four clubs for breaches of third-party ownership (TPO) rules.

TPO, which became illegal under FIFA rules in May 2015, is the practice of a club selling a share in a player to a third party -- usually a fund or a wealthy individual -- which then cashes in when said player is sold on.

Using fictitious names, here's how a typical example might play out: Deportivo Ladrones agree to buy striker Carlos Craque from Fakechester Rovers for $2 million but, instead of putting up the money themselves, they only pay half the money and borrow the other million from a third-party investor called Mr. TPO.

Mr. TPO and Deportivo Ladrones agree that, if Craque is sold in the future, they will split the proceeds. And that's exactly what happens, two seasons later, when Craque joins Bayer Schnitzel for $4m. Deportivo Ladrones and Mr. TPO each get $2m.

FIFA banned the practice, under pressure from UEFA, for a number of reasons....

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BARCELONA have released a statement again defending their actions in the transfer of Neymar.

Barca were responding to media reports in Spain on Wednesday regarding allegations of unpaid tax relating to the signing of Neymar, who moved to the Nou Camp from Santos last June.

The statement read: "In light of reports appearing in today's press concerning the transfer process carried out to bring Neymar da Silva Santos Junior to the Club, FC Barcelona would like to state:

"1) The Club's dealings with respect to this operation, and in light of all information available, was at all times in line with the relevant legal legislation

"2) Represented by its lawyers, the Club will appear at the Jutjat Central d'Instruccio number 5 within the next few days in order to defend its interests and rights.

"3) We express our total willingness to collaborate with the Justice authorities in this matter, as we have done since the first moment the issue arose and in any...

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United have apparently been told they will need to pay the player's release clause -...

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Paul Pogba

is the most expensive player in the history of association football, as officially announced by the clubs involved in his 2016 transfer.

In professional football, a transfer is the action taken whenever a player under contract moves between clubs. It refers to the transferring of a player's registration from one association football club to another. In general, the players can only be transferred during a transfer window and according to the rules set by a governing body. Usually some sort of compensation is paid for the player's rights, which is known as a transfer fee. When a player moves from one club to another, their old contract is terminated and they negotiate a new one with the club they are moving to, unlike in American, Canadian and Australian sports, where teams essentially trade existing player contracts. In some cases, however, transfers can function in a similar manner to player trades, as teams can offer another player on their squad as part of the...

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The father of Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar has accused Santos of "going against an idol" in the wake of the club's request for FIFA to suspend his son six months for breach of contract terms regarding his transfer from the Sao Paulo club to Barcelona in 2013.

The club are reportedly seeking the ban as well as €55 million in damages in their allegation Neymar violated Article 17 of the FIFA transfer rules regarding the consequences of terminating a contract without just cause.

Speaking to Fox Sports in Brazil, Neymar Sr. expressed his disappointment with Santos' action aimed at their former star.

"It's difficult for you to comment. Yes, Santos came with an accusation against a business I have, against Neymar and against Barcelona," said Neymar Sr., who guides the Brazil captain's career.

"I am knowing because Neymar received a summons and will be charged for this. Santos is wanting compensation, but they're going against an idol."

A FIFA...

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Barcelona has been banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows FIFA has punished Barca for breaking rules relating to the "international transfer of minors" Barca had been found to have broken the rules with regards to 10 young players Football's global governing body has also fined the Spanish Football Federation

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(CNN) -- It's a club that has built its reputation on developing some of the world's best players, but leading European club Barcelona has been hit by a transfer ban imposed by FIFA after breaking the world governing body's rules relating to the "international transfer of minors."

Barca's youth players are drawn not just from Catalonia and Spain, but also from around the globe and trying to recruit the world's best is a competitive business -- Argentine Lionel Messi joined Barca at the age of 11.

If you get the development of young players right it can be a...

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A Madrid court has dismissed a case into alleged irregularities regarding the transfer of Brazil striker Neymar to Spanish club Barcelona.

National Court judge Jose de la Mata dismissed the complaint brought against Neymar, his father, and Barcelona by Brazilian investment group DIS.

DIS was entitled to 40 percent of Neymar's transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013, but it claimed it received a smaller compensation than it should have because part of the transfer fee was concealed.

A Spanish court has dismissed the case into financial regularities regarding the transfer of Neymar

Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos but the Catalan club were accused of withholding the true transfer fee

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, and Barcelona's current president and predecessor all denied any wrongdoing when they appeared in court in February.

The Brazilian's transfer was originally valued at...

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Today, FIFA announced unparalleled sanctions against Barcelona for repeated and systemic violations of the international body's youth transfer rules. Barcelona has been banned from any transfer activity for the entirety of next season. This is the coup de...

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FIFA say they are analysing the claims made by Brazilian club Santos regarding Neymar's transfer to Barcelona two years ago.

Santos have filed a complaint to the game's governing body, alleging that the Brazilian international forward and his agent broke the terms of his contract by starting negotiations with Barcelona without their consent.

FIFA said on Friday that "the matter is currently pending and being investigated".

If FIFA rules in favour of Santos, it could lead to sanctions against Barcelona and Neymar.

Santos say they are not trying to cause problems for their former star, only attempting to "protect its rights and seek reparation of damages".

The Brazilian club said it lodged the formal complaint in May, and have only released a statement on the matter now due to Brazilian media reports which claimed they were demanding the player's suspension for six months.

"Santos has not made any additional request to FIFA (demanding a...

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FIFA says it is analysing a claim from Brazilian side Santos regarding irregularities over Neymar's transfer to Barcelona two years ago.

Football's world governing body confirmed on Friday that Santos have filed a claim and said "the matter is currently pending and being investigated."

Santos claim the Brazilian player and his agents broke the terms of Neymar's contract by starting negotiations with Barcelona without the Brazilian club's consent.

If FIFA rules in Santos' favour, it could lead to sanctions against Barcelona and Neymar.

Santos confirmed they have appealed to FIFA but claim they are not trying to cause problems for their former star, only attempting to "protect their rights and seek reparation of damages."

The Brazilian club said they lodged a formal complaint in May and only released a statement on the matter now because there were reports in the Brazilian media saying that said the club were demanding the player's suspension for...

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Brazil is in something approaching mourning after losing their star player and favourite son for the rest of the tournament. Neymar's suffering from a fractured vertebra, and the reflexive response is to feel very, very sad. The second response, one might imagine, is to find someone to blame, and that someone will almost certainly be Colombia right back Juan Camilo...

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A judge will hear a lawsuit regarding the transfer fee Barcelona spent to acquire Neymar.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A Spanish judge agreed on Wednesday to hear a lawsuit brought by a Barcelona club member against president Sandro Rosell regarding the cost of the transfer for Brazil striker Neymar.

After a preliminary examination of the contracts involved in Neymar's signing, judge Pablo Ruz wrote in a ruling there is ''sufficient elements for the admission of the lawsuit'' brought by club member Jordi Cases.

On Monday, Rosell insisted the total cost of 57 million euros (then $74 million) to bring Neymar from Brazilian club Santos announced at the player's presentation last June was correct.

Cases alleges the amount paid by the Spanish champions was higher and that Rosell misappropriated funds by hiding the real cost to the club behind false contracts, a criminal offense punishable by up to six years of prison.

Cases...

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I think it played a part but you're right, the subtext behind Rosell's motivation is pretty clear. I wouldn't be surprised if he and Bartomeu personally profited from this as well. I'm sure there's a trust somewhere in Uruguay funnelled through Jersey and the Caymans holding considerable ill gotten funds for him.

Neymar, on the other hand, was desperately trying to evade taxes. Plain and simple.

On Nov. 15, 2011, the first contract of the operation was signed between FC Barcelona (represented by Sandro Rosell as president, and Josep Maria Bartomeu as vice-president), and Neymar Jr., N&N Consultoria Esportiva E Empresarial Ltda. (N&N, represented by Neymar Sr.), and Neymar Sr. as agent of the player.

By this contract, N&N – the company that had claimed to own Neymar Jr.’s economic rights starting in 2014, when his contract with Santos was over and he would be a free agent – agreed to pass said economic rights along with the federative ones of the player to FC...

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CAS has dismissed FC Barcelona’s transfer ban appeal and confirmed that the club has breached the rules regarding protection of minors. The verdict may be a step against the use of underage footballers.

On 30 December the ground once again shook under FC Barcelona and its talent factory, La Masia, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, announced that it had found the Spanish club to be in breach of Article 19 of ‘FIFA’s regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ – in no less than ten cases.

FC Barcelona has allegedly bought underage players from as far away as South Korea and USA, despite FIFA’s ‘Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ clearly stating that children under the age of 18 cannot change clubs across continents.

The finding earlier prompted FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee and FIFA’s Appeals Commission in August to “sanction the club with a transfer ban at both national and international level for two complete and...

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When everything is good at Barcelona, comes another thing trying to bring the house down. On Monday, a public Spanish prosecutor issued a petition for the Club and former president Sandro Rosell to face trial for alleged irregularities committed in the transfer of star forward Neymar Jr.

According to the petition, Barcelona have not been honest regarding the full amount of the transfer, and the current club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, also committed tax offense during the negotiations.

This whole thing is a mess, and...

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