A Spanish court acquited former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell of money laundering on Wednesday after spending almost two years in pre-trial custody.
The 55-year-old, as well as his wife and four others, were accused of ‘large scale money laundering’ estimated to be €20m in relation to television rights and sponsorship in Brazil.
Rosell had spent 643 days in pre-trial custody, but it was confirmed on Wednesday that the former Barça chief had been cleared of the charges by the Spanish national court.
Back in July 2018, over a year after he was put in pre-trial custody, Rosell spoke to Spanish media outlet Marca about his experience during that time, adding that he believes he would not have been left in jail if he wasn’t the president of Barcelona.
“It is inexplicable and unheard of, I have been on remand in jail for 14 months waiting for a trial,” Rosell said last year. “Not only will I not flee but it is my intention to prove my innocence. Of course, I will not flee.
“I am not in prison for being FC Barcelona president but if I hadn’t been then I would not be here. As president, I found myself with enemies due to my commitment with the club but I do not know who I did so much harm to.”