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Barca president Rosell resigns

Sandro Rosell has resigned in the aftermath of a court's decision to investigate signing of forward Neymar.

Last updated: 24 Jan 2014 07:54
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Rosell had won the presidency with 35,021 votes, more than any other man in the club's history [Reuters]

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has resigned in the aftermath of a Spanish court's decision to investigate last year's signing of Brazil forward Neymar.

Rosell told reporters on Thursday that senior vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu would replace him as Barca chief until his presidency was due to end in two years' time.

"The success the club has had has also come along with difficult moments for myself and my family," Rosell told a news conference after a board meeting held by the Spanish champions.

"There have been threats and accusations which make you consider your position including the claim of misappropriation of funds and the court case. I've always stated that we acted correctly with the Neymar transfer."

Judge Pablo Ruz on Wednesday ordered the start of a hearing to investigate Barcelona for alleged misappropriation of funds over the signing of Brazil's 2014 World Cup hope Neymar, saying Rosell could be called in person to give evidence.

Landslide win

Rosell won the presidency in 2010 with 35,021 votes, more than any other man in the club's history, and Barca have since won two La Liga titles and the Champions League plus a host of other trophies.

Coming from a background in sports marketing, Rosell has valuable contacts in the football world but at the same time lost support among fans for being unapproachable and aloof.

It was the purchase of Neymar last June, which appeared to be a major coup for Rosell after he fought off competition from other top clubs in Europe for the player's signature, that has led to his downfall.

The Brazilian was paraded as a $78.12m signing from Santos but the precise details of the contract were not revealed due to a confidentiality agreement.

A hearing will now decide whether any wrongdoing took place after legal action was pursued by disgruntled fan Jordi Cases in a bid for clarity.

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