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Football: Judge indicts Barca over alleged tax fraud

Published on Feb 21, 2014 3:39 AM
 
Barcelona's Neymar stands in the rain during a training session at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, on Feb 17, 2014. A judge indicted Spanish football champions Barcelona on Thursday over alleged tax crimes linked to their signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - A judge indicted Spanish football champions Barcelona on Thursday over alleged tax crimes linked to their signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar.

Prosecutors accuse Barcelona, who currently have a narrow lead at the top of the Spanish league, of irregularities in the 86-million-euro (S$149 million) deal - charges which the club denies.

Judge Pablo Ruz at Madrid's National Court indicted the club after seeing "sufficient evidence to investigate a possible crime against the public treasury", he said in a written ruling.

The judge ordered tax authorities to hand over the club's tax returns for 2011 to 2013.

 
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