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Rosell money-laundering trial to begin

Sandro Rosell, the former FC Barcelona president, will go on trial today (Monday) on money-laundering charges related to the sale of television rights for Brazil matches.

Rosell, who ran FC Barcelona from 2010-14, is accused of collecting approximately €20m ($23m) from illegal commissions related to the broadcast rights for 24 Brazil friendly matches, as well as from a sponsorship contract between Nike and Brazil.

He is also charged with forming part of a criminal organisation.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking an 11-year prison sentence, plus a fine of nearly €60m. The trial will take place in Madrid and is expected to last 10 days.

Rosell, a former Nike executive in Brazil, has been in custody since his arrest more than a year-and-a-half ago. He denies any wrongdoing.

Rosell resigned from FC Barcelona in 2014 amid growing controversy surrounding the arrival of Brazil forward Neymar.

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