Barcelona fume as proceedings begin in Neymar tax fraud case

Barcelona are enraged by a Spanish judge entering proceedings against them in a tax fraud case involving Neymar's transfer to Camp Nou.

Barcelona have vowed to press charges against the judge presiding over their tax fraud case, claiming they have not been afforded the chance to present their evidence.

The Camp Nou club have faced a legal battle for over a year, after a club member asked for full details of striker Neymar's signing to be published – which revealed an apparent misappropriation of funds in the deal.

Judge Pablo Ruz revealed on Friday that he had finished his investigation into the matter and that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor Sandro Rosell and the club itself would all stand trial.

However, Barcelona released a tetchy statement later in the day, claiming to have received no official notice of Judge Paz's decision. 

Barcelona expressed concern at "the unusual speed with which the procedures are being carried out", suggesting it had prevented them from preparing any evidence in response, and vowing to take action.

Neymar was officially signed for €57.1million from Santos in May 2013, however it was later revealed that the transfer's total cost was €95.1m – the vast majority of which was tied up in bonus payments and agency fees paid to the player's father.