Sevilla president to quit Monday with jail looming

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido will resign from the

Spanish league club after being sentenced to seven years in

prison.

Sevilla says Del Nido has convened a board meeting on Monday

when he will hand in his resignation. Vice president Jose Castro is

expected to replace him.

Del Nido, the president since 2002, was found guilty of

embezzlement and corruption relating to a case in the southern

resort town of Marbella.

Madrid’s Supreme Court upheld the charges on Thursday. Del Nido

cannot appeal the sentence, but he can ask for a government

pardon.

Sevilla enjoyed its most successful period under Del Nido’s

stewardship, winning back-to-back UEFA Cups, a European Super Cup,

and a pair of Copa del Rey trophies.