Barcelona pleased with Spanish High Court Neymar decision

A judge ruled that the case "could have sporting, ethical and disciplinary repercussions" but said it "cannot be pursued in the criminal courts", according to a statement by Spain's High Court.

On Friday, judge De la Mata chose to close the lawsuit filed by investment group DIS against Brazilian star Neymar, in relation to the player's transfer from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

Neymar and his father, who acts as his agent, have both denied any wrongdoing.

The Argentine athlete and his father were accused of defrauding with 4.1 million euros to finance through a structure of companies in tax havens. Of the initial transfer fee, Brazilian club Santos received 17.1 million euros ($23 million) while Neymar's father, who also goes by Neymar, earned 40 million euros ($55 million).

Club spokesman Josep Vives held a news conference with Barcelona director of legal services Roman Gomez Ponti, and described the case as "a chapter that has caused a lot of headaches ... but everything is now over".

Last week, Barcelona announced Neymar agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Spanish champions through 2021.

The allegations relate to the issue concerning the original amount Barcelona paid for Neymar during his transfer from Santos in 2013.

Messi's Barcelona and Argentina teammate Javier Mascherano was sentenced in December to a one-year suspended sentence for tax fraud after he was found guilty of failing to pay 1.5 million in taxes for 2011 and 2012.

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