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.