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FC Barcelona executives indicted in Spain over Neymar signing

Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A Spanish judge has indicted Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, for tax fraud and fraudulent administration in a probe centering on the signing of Neymar.

Investigative magistrate Pablo Ruz accused the club and its management of fabricating a labyrinth of contracts to hide the real cost of signing the Brazil striker in 2013.

The judge says Neymar cost at least $88 million, while Barcelona insists it paid $74 million at the time.

Bartomeu took over when Rosell resigned in January 2014 after being named a suspect in the case and investigated for misappropriating funds to hide the transfer cost.

No trial date has been set.

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