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Football: Barca president Rosell resigns over Neymar affair

Published on Jan 24, 2014 4:42 AM
 
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell arrives for a news conference where he announced his resignation, at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Jan 23, 2014. Rosell, facing legal action over the signing of Brazil star Neymar, resigned after a three-and-a-half year spell in charge of the Spanish champions on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, facing legal action over the signing of Brazil star Neymar, resigned after a three-and-a-half year spell in charge of the Spanish champions on Thursday.

Pressure had mounted on Rosell, 49, after a judge agreed on Wednesday to hear a case made against him by one of the club's own members for alleged misappropriation of funds in the deal which brought Neymar to the Camp Nou last year.

Sporting vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu will replace Rosell as president for the remainder of the board's mandate, which runs until 2016.

Rosell once again defended his position on the Neymar signing by describing the complaint made against him as reckless.

 
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