Brazilian football superstar Neymar has been ordered to stand trial for "fraud and corruption" related to his transfer from Santos to Barcelona.
Neymar's parents, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, and former president Sandro Rosell will also stand trial, along with Barcelona and Brazilian club Santos.
The case stems from a complaint made by Brazilian company DIS, which owned 40 percent of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos and argues that it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated.
Barcelonasaid at the time of Neymar's move that the transfer figure was €57.1m (about R855.7m), of which €40m (about R599.4m) was paid to Neymar's family.
Last June, Barcelonaagreed to pay a fine of €5.5 million (about R82.4m) to the Spanish authorities to settle a related tax fraud case. However, in Spain sentences of less than two years are often suspended for first-time offenders.
DIS believe it was cheated out of a percentage of their share of the deal, due to collusion between Barcelona, Santos and Neymar.
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They are also seeking fines of €10 million against the Neymar family.
Both Barcelona and Neymar were subsequently charged for tax fraud.
The investment group claimed that it had received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos for 49 million pounds in 2013.
Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and his father were given 21-month suspended jail sentences in July 2016 for tax fraud relating to the player's image rights.
The off-field upheaval hasn't affected Barca, Neymar's signing being an undoubted sporting success as he has formed one of the most fearsome strike partnerships of all-time with Messi and Luis Suarez.