Sevilla president steps down with prison looming

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has quit the Spanish

league club after being sentenced to seven years in prison.

Del Nido presided over the most successful period in club

history with a pair of UEFA Cups among the trophies won since his

arrival in 2002 as president and a major shareholder.

The 56-year-old Del Nido offered apologies and defended his

innocence to the club’s supporters Monday, saying he would have

resigned earlier if he knew Madrid’s Supreme Court would uphold his

prison sentence over embezzlement and corruption charges.

Del Nido says ”the day I never expected to arrive has.”

The club says vice president Jose Castro will replace Del Nido

on an interim basis until a shareholders meeting Dec. 17.