Brazil prosecutors accuse Barca president of fraud

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has been accused in Brazil of

illegally benefiting from an exhibition organized by his marketing

company in 2008.

Prosecutors say the Ailanto sports marketing company he owns was

hired to organize the Brazil vs. Portugal exhibition without a

proper bidding process. They also say a false document was used to

give the company the contract for the match.

Prosecutors say Ailanto received $4 million to organize the

match in Brasilia, the nation’s capital.

Rosell, Barcelona’s president since July 2010, could face up to

eight years in prison in Brazil if he is charged and found


Local media says Rosell’s lawyer in Brazil has dismissed the

accusations and called them ”irresponsible.”