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Del Nido stands down at Sevilla

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido
Jose Maria del Nido reacts as he announces his resignation as Sevilla president.
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Long-serving Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has stood down in the wake of his imprisonment for embezzlement and corruption.

The 56-year-old was on Friday sentenced to seven years in jail at Madrid's Supreme Court after being found guilty of involvement in the mis-use of public funds in the southern resort town of Marbella.

His resignation from Sevilla's board followed on Monday morning, with the club's official website reporting that he was given a "loud roar of applause" as he prepared to end a reign of 11 years, six months and nine days.

"I apologize to Sevilla," he said.

"We have reached a day we never expected, the least desriable and I have a battered heart.

"In my 27 years of involvement with Sevilla I have been available for this club and all it has needed off me.

"Today I leave with regret, with a deep sadness and with humility."

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