Neymar takes first leg lead in fraud case
Both Barcelona and Neymar are standing trial on fraud and corruption charges.
The allegations link back to the long standing legal battle regarding Neymar's transfer to Barcelona from Santos in the summer of 2013.
The charges are complex and they have pinballed around the courts for some time.
In July the Spanish court opted to drop their fraud and corruption case, starting that '[the case] could have sporting, ethical and disciplinary repercussions, but] could not be pursued in the criminal courts.
But in November that decision was appealed [previous article] and in February it was announced that the case will now make court [previous article].
On Wednesday last week there was some good news for Neymar as a Brazilian tax appeals court ruled 'Neymar could cede his image rights to family businesses and dismissed charges by federal auditors that they were front companies set up to dodge taxes' as reported by Sky Sports.
Neymar's lawyer Marcos Neder believes the ruling will halve the penalty of 200 million reais (£52m) in fines, back-taxes and interest that Brazil's tax office had placed on Neymar.
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