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Postby lw789 » April 12th, 2018, 3:01 am

BARCELONA, Spain -- The president of Spanish champion Barcelona resigned on Thursday to fight criminal accusations he misappropriated funds from the signing of Brazil forward Neymar. Sandro Rosell is facing a lengthy legal battle after a judge in Madrid ruled on Wednesday he will hear a lawsuit that alleges the real cost of Neymars transfer from Santos last year was hidden. "I dont want unfair attacks to negatively affect (the) management or the image of the club. This is why I think my time here has come to an end," Rosell said, while insisting for a second time this week that the deal to bring Neymar to Barcelona was legal. Neymar, who is the poster boy of Brazils team going into the World Cup on home soil in June, joined for 57 million euros (then $74 million) in June, according to Rosell. The legal action, which was brought by club member Jordi Cases, alleges the real cost of Neymars transfer was closer to 95 million euros ($129 million) and that false contracts hid the real value of the move. The criminal offence of misappropriation of funds is punishable by up to six years in prison. The 49-year-old Rosell, a former Nike executive, said confidentiality agreements prevented Barcelona from revealing the exact amount received by Santos, and the three companies -- DIS, TEISA and N&N -- who owned shares of his rights. The lawsuit does not accuse Rosell of taking money from the deal. The case prompted Barcelonas board to call an emergency meeting, and Rosell announced he was quitting after more than two hours of deliberations. The transfer controversy is a blot on the reputation of a Catalan football institution that has long prided itself on being "more than a club" and is owned by its more than 160,000 members, who elect a president and executive board. And Barcelona, while top of the Spanish league, enters a period of uncertainty as it seeks to retain its domestic title and win the Champions League for the first time since 2011. Rosell, who was elected in 2010, said vice-president Josep Bartomeu will take his place and complete the presidential term that expires in 2016. Under three full seasons of Rosells presidency, Barcelona maintained its winning run started under Joan Laporta with another two Spanish league trophies to go with the Champions League title in 2011 and the Copa del Rey in 2012. Rosell said he was leaving to reduce the stress on him and his family and lamented what he described as attacks from both outside and within the club, despite its continued success on the pitch. "Through this period of success, my family and I have suffered attacks that have made me wonder if being president means putting my family at risk and in anguish," Rosell said. As he resigned, Rosell trumpeted his role in ensuring "the best players in the world wear the Barcelona jersey." Rosell oversaw the signing of Neymar, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, and Alex Song to further strengthen a team built around star forward Lionel Messi. Messi himself is going through his own legal difficulties. The Argentina forward and his father, Jorge, are waiting to hear if they will face charges in a tax fraud case after answering a judges questions last year about allegations they avoided 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in back taxes. Rosell steered Barcelona through uncertainty last season when treatment for throat cancer kept coach Tito Vilanova away for several months. Vilanova had to step down at the end of last season through ill health and Gerardo Martino was brought in to take charge. But while helping to establish Barcelona as Europes most successful team, Rosell also upset some members by putting paying sponsors on the front of Barcas shirts for the first time by striking deals with Qatar Foundation and Qatar Airways. Rosell has faced accusations about his business dealings away from the Camp Nou, with accusations in Brazil he illegally benefited from a friendly organized by his marketing company in 2008. By leaving his powerful job at Barcelona, Rosell also loses seats on influential committees within world football on FIFA and UEFA. Ben Lovejoy Jersey . "He came up to me and said, I want to train," said Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen. The 26-year-old midfielder is expected to play Saturday night when Toronto hosts D.C. United, returning to his Major League Soccer squad with mixed feelings about the Americans World Cup run -- sad that it ended when it did but proud of his teams performance. 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When it comes to the mental aspect, it can affect everyone. Its very hard for a coach.The pressure is on PSG and Blanc ahead of Tuesdays League Cup quarterfinal away to Saint-Etienne, which is in third place in the French league, boasts a strong home record, and knocked PSG out of the competition at the same stage two seasons ago.The (coaching) staff has accepted responsibility, Blanc told a news conference Monday. The players havent taken things on board yet. Theyre the ones who are playing. When they play well, they get praised, and deservedly so. When results are bad, the coachs (tactics) are questioned.After a scrappy 3-1 win against Ajax in the Champions League in late November, Blanc gave assurances that his team would improve significantly in the ensuing weeks.The opposite happened. A 3-1 loss at Barcelona was followed by the Guingamp defeat and a tepid 0-0 draw against Montpellier thhat left home fans glum-faced.ddddddddddddBlanc said he felt anger after the Bastia defeat and considers his players lucky to have a chance to make amends so soon after, so long as they beat Saint-Etienne.PSG headed into the winter break in third place behind Lyon and league leader Marseille.Despite fielding eight homegrown players in its starting lineup, cash-strapped Lyon now tops the league — four points clear of big-spending PSG after 20 games — prompting fears of another upset. In the 2011-12 campaign, PSG lost the title to unheralded Montpellier, despite leading Montpellier by three points at the winter break.Preparations for the second half of the season started badly when Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani — the clubs most expensive signing at €64 million ($75.4 million) — and Argentina winger Ezequeil Lavezzi failed to turn up for training camp.Blanc, Frances former national team coach, dropped them from the squad for the past two games and excluded them from training. They have resumed training, but Blanc again left them out for the trip to Saint-Etienne.He has pledged to be tougher with his players in order to eradicate a culture of special favours reserved for certain big names at the club. Ibrahimovic, for example, was allowed to return to his native Sweden to go hunting, when he was recovering from a heel injury, and was rarely seen cheering on his teammates at Parc des Princes.Ibrahimovics negative body language against Bastia and the poor discipline shown by Cavani and Lavezzi, underlines a fragile team spirit and highlights increasing tensions within the star-studded squad.Blanc has not ruled out buying or selling during Januarys transfer window, but says everyone waits until the last minute before doing business. Cheap Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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