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Ex-Barcelona president arrested in money laundering case

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested on Tuesday as part of a money laundering investigation, police have confirmed to a number of Spanish publications.

Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested on Tuesday as part of a money laundering investigation

The detentions are part of a money laundering investigation related to buying television rights for past matches of Brazil’s national team.

Three other people have been detained, but their identities were not immediately released by authorities.

Police raided offices, homes, and businesses in Barcelona and other locations in Spain as part of “Operation Rimet,” in reference to former FIFA president Jules Rimet.

Authorities said the operation used information from the FBI following the U.S. case against high-level FIFA officials in 2015.

In another high-profile case, Rosell resigned from his role as Barcelona president at the start of 2014 after it was alleged he misappropriated funds from the €57 million signing of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos.

Club member Jordi Cases claimed that the amount paid was more than the fee reported at the time and the case is ongoing.

Along with Neymar, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona, Santos and the company run by Neymar’s parents, Rosell is due to stand trial on fraud and corruption charges after Cases’ claims led to a complaint from Brazilian Investment Company DIS.

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