“I would not have gone to jail if I had not been president of Barça”

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The National Court acquitted Sandro Rosell by not finding the evidence conclusive.

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The former president of FC BarcelonaSandro Rosell He has assured that if he had not been the maximum president of the Barça club, he “would not” have ended up in “jail”, where he was 643 days in preventive detention after being accused of crimes of Whitening.

“If he had not been president of Barça, he would not have gone to jail. Of that I have no doubt,” said the former culé in an interview published this Saturday in the Mundo Deportivo newspaper, the first granted after his release from prison.

“Nor do I believe that anyone would have investigated me business, spied on, or had such an aggressive prosecution that I still have, 72 actions of the Tax Agency since I was elected president of Barça. Before being president, zero tax inspections. Casual? “He wondered.

Rosell arrived at Barcelona in 2003 from the hand of Joan Laporta, with whom he was sports vice president until 2005, when disagreements with the then Barça president made him resign from his position. In 2010, it was presented to the entity’s elections and he was named president, a position he held until January 23, 2014, when a complaint against him for alleged misappropriation and for contractual simulation in the signing of the Brazilian was admitted for processing Neymar.

Asked precisely about whether he would face a signing like the Brazilian’s right now, Rosell was forceful. “I would sign Neymar, without a doubt”, he said, in the second part of the interview that comes out this Sunday.

With charges, among others, of money laundering and of forming a stable structure with which he would have ‘laundered’ close to 20 million euros, Rosell entered preventive detention on May 25, 2017. After almost two years, the National Court acquitted him, his partner Joan Besolí and four other people considering that the evidence was inconclusive.

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