Just when you thought that the whole circus with Neymar Jr. is finally behind us, it takes a fresh twist once again. According to a recent report from El Mundo, Barcelona’s board are demanding €10m from the player because they have apparently overpaid him after a bad miscalculation.
They talk about a problem with the taxes, as is usually the case, which resulted in them giving the Brazilian more money than they were originally supposed to. But the case doesn’t really just end there.
Of course, the club will try and pursue the matter and ask for the money back. However, if the two parties don’t come to an agreement, the added ‘bonus‘ may be proclaimed as ‘unjust enrichment‘, which basically occurs when one party is enriched at the expense of another in an unjust, and therefore illegal, way.
Needless to say, that turn of events is bound to increase the rift between Barcelona and their former star since it adds another dispute that could very well be taken to court.
At the moment, however, that’s all we know and it will be interesting to see how the Brazilian himself reacts to this piece of news. It goes without saying that the ‘bonus‘ is completely the club’s fault as they were the ones to make a slight miscalculation, eventually resulting in overpaying Neymar in the first place.
It seems that the now former board can simply do nothing right.
Report: Former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been arrested
Barcelona has always been a host of controversy in the world of football, but in breaking and shattering news, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been arrested owing to his involvement in the BarçaGate scandal. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti have also been arrested by the Catalan police.
The BarçaGate scandal occurred during Bartomeu’s time at the club where the administration was suspected of paying PR company I3 ventures to clean up the image of Bartomeu online while disparaging the image of current and former players that played under the infamous president.
Initially, both Barça and I3 had denied the allegations and a report following an audit conducted by PrincewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that the club did not take part in any defamatory campaigns against any individual. The company also found no evidence of financial corruption or money laundering done by the president and his board.
However, it seems the tables have been turned on their head today. The Catalan police arrived at the Camp Nou offices this morning to search for documentation in connection with the BarçaGate investigation. They left the offices half an hour ago and arrived at the house of Josep Bartomeu and arrested him from there.