​Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation, according to ​El Confidencial.


Other people were also held as police raided nine offices and homes in north-eastern Catalonia, with officials stating the arrests are part of an investigation into rights sales relating to Brazil.

Rosell was Barcelona president from 2010 to 2014 and resigned when a Spanish court decided to investigate the 2013 signing of Brazil international Neymar. The club paid a €5.5m fine in June 2016 over Neymar's move from Santos and were also accused of tax fraud, which they denied.


Rosell's wife was among those arrested on Tuesday, with El Confidencial claiming the arrests are part of a joint investigation between Spanish police and the FBI, related to the United States' investigation into corruption at FIFA.


Judge Carmen Lamela, the prosecutor in the case, has agreed to freeze €10m in bank deposits and a further €25m in real estate. These assets will likely be owned by the former Barca president but are in the name of third parties and therefore difficult to locate.

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Investigations into alleged corruption at football's governing body began two years ago when Swiss authorities raided a Zurich hotel FIFA delegates were attending for their annual conference.


Seven were arrested in the raid, carried out on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, with more arrests and indictments on corruption charges following the aftermath, and many more FIFA officials and associates have been arrested in connection with the investigation since.

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