Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been released from prison after two years ahead of his trial for alleged money laundering offences. Rosell was released alongside his business partner Joan Besoli following a three-day trial arguing that they did not provide a risk should they be freed.
The former Blaugrana president must stay at a fixed abode while he has had his passport seized so that he does not leave Spain.
The 54-year-old stands accused of assisting to launder €15m via tax havens between the years of 2007 and 2011 while he was arrested last year in relation to buying television rights for Brazil matches.
Rosell, a former Nike executive, denies any wrongdoing even as he stands trial in a separate case linked to Neymar’s signing from Santos in 2013.
His trial is set to conclude by the end of March.