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Brazil and Paris St-Germain striker Neymar Jr. appeared in a Barcelona court on Monday along with eight other people, facing charges of fraud and corruption in connection with his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

According to Reuters, Neymar arrived from Paris and spent around two hours at the courthouse before being excused by the judge for the rest of the day.

The case has been brought by a Brazilian investment firm DIS, which owns 40% of Neymar’s rights while he was at Santos, which alleges his transfer to Barcelona was undervalued.

The 30-year-old is charged alongside his parents, former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, representatives of both clubs and Santos president Odilio Rodrigues.

All nine defendants have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, according to Reuters.

Spanish prosecutors are pursuing a two-year prison sentence and a $9.8 million fine for Neymar as well as a five-year prison sentence for Rosell.

Neymar is due to testify on Friday, the same day PSG face Ajaccio in Ligue 1.

The 30-year-old scored the winner for PSG in Sunday’s Classic against Marseille at the Parc des Princes.

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