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club member who filed a lawsuit
over the cost of Neymar s trans-
fer fee said yesterday he has
asked his lawyers to withdraw
Jordi Cases brought the suit
claiming that former Barcelona
president Sandro Rosell had mis-
appropriated funds by hiding the
real cost to the club behind false
contracts, a criminal offense pun-
ishable by up to six years of prison.
The lawsuit led to the resigna-
tion of Rosell in January.
"I can affirm that no behavior
that would constitute a crime has
been observed," Cases wrote in a
letter released by the Catalan club.
"For this reason I have instruct-
ed my lawyers to end the penal
and civil suit."
Barcelona said it paid 57.1 mil-
lion euros ($74 million) for the
While denying any irregulari-
ties, the Catalan club later revealed
a series of agreements for bonuses
and side-deals with Neymar s
father and former club Santos that
could cost the club another 31
million euros ($39.5 million).
"I can only celebrate the deci-
sion," Barcelona president Josep
The choice to drop the case
does not mean the end of
Barcelona s legal problems regard-
ing the Neymar deal, however.
In February, Spanish tax author-
ities charged Barcelona with fraud,
saying it owed 9.1 million euros
($12.5 million) through payments
to varying companies and false
Of the initial transfer fee, Santos
received 17.1 million euros ($23
million) while Neymar s father,
who also goes by Neymar, earned
40 million euros ($55 million).
The tax authorities considered
the amount paid to Neymar s
father as a salary.
Barcelona paid 13.55 million
euros ($18.6 million) to tax author-
ities to cover any potential irreg-
ularities in its signing of Neymar,
while maintaining its innocence
of the fraud charges levied against
Michel Platini says he will not
support Sepp Blatter in his bid
for a fifth term as Fifa presi-
Platini tells Italian state TV:
"I wish him well but four years
ago he asked for our support by
telling us that it would be his
last candidacy. Now he s again
asked for our support and I told
him we won t anymore, we need
some fresh air."
The 78-year-old Blatter
announced last month he would
run for another four-year term,
shortly after Platini said he
would not run.
The vote is scheduled for May,
and former Fifa international
relations director Jerome Cham-
pagne is the only other person
to say he will stand.
Any potential challengers have
until late January to gather the
support of at least five national
BARCELONA---Former Barcelona club
president Jose Nunez has lost an
appeal to a court verdict that sen-
tenced him to two years and two
months of prison after being found
guilty of bribing tax inspectors.
A Barcelona-based court issued a
statement yesterday saying a judge
rejected the appeal filed by Nunez
requesting the sentence to be suspend-
ed.Nunez was found guilty by a court
in 2011 for having bribed tax inspectors.
The original sentence of six years was
The 83-year-old Nunez, who owns
a construction company, was president
of Barcelona from 1978-2000. (AP)
PERTH---Jason Dufner is set to return to tour-
nament play tomorrow at the Perth International
after missing nearly three months of golf in which
he "totally detached" himself from the sport and
didn t watch any of the Ryder Cup on television.
Dufner, whose injury cost him any chance of
earning a qualifying spot for the Ryder Cup, yes-
terday said he was feeling "much better physically...a
little bit rested mentally."
The 2013 US PGA champion is among the Lake
Karrinyup Country Club headliners who include
fellow major winners Charl Schwartzel and Geoff
Ogilvy and European Ryder Cup player Victor
Dubuisson was one of the stars of the European
team which won the Ryder Cup for the eighth time
in ten tournaments at Gleneagles, Scotland in late
"I wasn t too interested in golf or what was going
on in the golfing world during that time period,"
"I didn t watch one minute of the Ryder Cup.
I got into a lot of different things. It was disap-
pointing that I was injured, but it wasn t miserable
Dufner, who was runner-up at the inaugural
Perth International in 2012, said playing without
pain this week would be an achievement.
"I haven t played competitive golf in 11 weeks,
I don t have that many expectations," Dufner said.
"I feel like if I can play 18 holes without any
pain, that ll be a good thing. Get rolling in the right
The Perth International is co-sanctioned by the
Australasian and European tours. (AP)
Barca club member to
drop suit against Neymar
Ex-Barca president loses appeal to avoid jail
Platini won't support Blatter in Fifa vote
Dufner returns from injury
at Perth International
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