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Ex Barca president Sandro Rosell, jailed without bail
A Spanish judge has ordered prison without bail for former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, according to reports in Spain.

Rosell, his wife Marta Pineda and three other people were arrested in Spain on Tuesday as part of a money-laundering investigation known as “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.

Rosell has denied any wrongdoing and stood in front of magistrate Carmen Lamela on Thursday morning in Madrid where he offered testimony for two hours on charges of money laundering and belonging to a criminal organisation.

El Pais reported that the 53-year-old will remain in prison until he is to face trial as bail was not granted since Rosell is considered a potential flight-risk and to avoid any possible destruction of evidence.

Rosell, a former Nike executive in Brazil, is accused of having laundered €15 million in Andorra for audiovisual rights to Brazil matches, before he took over at Barcelona. Several years ago, Rosell was formally accused by Brazilian authorities of using one of his companies to illegally benefit from a friendly between Brazil and Portugal in 2008. Rosell was cleared of any wrongdoing at the time.

Rosell resigned as Barcelona president at the start of 2014 after four years in charge after being accused of misappropriation of funds from the €57m signing of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos.

Rosell and Bartomeu’s board had previously accused their predecessor at Barcelona, Joan Laporta and his board (16 members in total), of bankrupting Barcelona during their mandate.

On Thursday, Laporta was exonerated by the court.

“This board doesn’t deserve to continue because what they have done in during [the last] seven years to my board members has been a disgrace,” he said. “It’s been a huge lie and what’s more it was premeditated. They acted with ill intentions, they lied and they dedicated themselves to intoxicating and manipulating.”

Regarding the decision by the court to hold Rosell without bail, Laporta said; “I’m never happy when bad things happen to others, even if they’ve done damage to me. I feel bad when I think of their family and their children. And I also feel bad because it affects and tarnishes Barca’s image. It had been coming for a while.”

-ESPN

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Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

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Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has again proved that he is a sharp shooter after he confirmed the birth of his third child.

The Argentine pulled out of the Barça squad due to face Malaga in La Liga on Saturday due to the big news.

Messi confirmed the arrival of Ciro on Instagram, publishing a photograph of the newborn holding his father’s hand and revealing that everything had gone well.

Lionel Messi welcomes Baby #3

“Welcome, Ciro!” Messi wrote. “Thanks to God, everything went perfectly. Mother and baby are doing really well. We are super happy.”

Barcelona announced that Messi had withdrawn from the game in Andalusia for “personal reasons” and it was later reported in the Catalan press that his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, had given birth earlier in the day.

Messi and Antonella, who got married last summer in their native Rosario, already had two sons, Thiago, 5, and Mateo, 2.

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Mohamed Salah Hopes to Score against Manchester United

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Mohamed Salah Hopes to Score against Manchester United

Mohamed Salah would be looking forward to getting at least a goal against Manchester United when they meet this weekend.

If Salah will complete a remarkable record of scoring against all the top six sides in the English Premier League this season.

The Egyptian is the joint top scorer in the division with 24 goals, which include strikes against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, with the Red Devils the only side missing in the top-six list.

Sarah, 25, is willing to complete the haul in Saturday’s encounter at Old Trafford.

Recall that the summer signing fired blank against Jose Mourinho’s side when both sides clashed in October’s draw; a tie most remembered for David De Gea’s stunning save from a Joel Matip effort.

“I remember it [De Gea’s save]. I also missed an easy chance in that game, but he is great,” Salah told Sky Sports.

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Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

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Neymar Fractured Metatarsal & Sprained Ankle

PSG forward Neymar will miss the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid after being diagnosed with a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle.

The 26 year old Brazilian was injured during Sunday’s Ligue 1 win over Marseille. Statement from the club revealed that Neymar suffered “a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal”.

However, how long he would be out wasn’t disclosed.

Neymar joined PSG for a world record £200m fee from Barcelona last August and has scored 29 goals in 30 games.

 

PSG are 14 points clear of second-placed Monaco in the league and on 6 March will host Champions League holders Real Madrid, trailing 3-1 from the first leg.

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