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Ex-Barca pres Rosell held in
money laundering probe
president Sandro Rosell and his
wife have been detained in con-
nection with his businesses in
Brazil, Spanish authorities said
The detentions were part of a mon-
ey-laundering investigation related
to buying television rights for past
matches of Brazil's national team.
Three other people were detained,
but their identities were not imme-
diately released by authorities. Police
raided offices, homes and businesses
in Barcelona and other locations in
Spain as part of "Operation Rimet,"
a reference to former FIFA President
Jules Rimet, who also gave his name to
the World Cup trophy from 1930-70.
Authorities said the operation
looked into the alleged illegal pay-
ments received by Rosell and other
people involved in promoting Brazil's
games. Authorities said nearly 15 mil-
lion euros ($16.8 million) could have
been laundered through tax havens.
Rosell's lawyer, Pau Molins, said his
client was "worried" and "surprised"
but had done nothing wrong. "His pri-
vate actions in Brazil were completely
legal," Molins said. Officials said the
operation used information from the
FBI following the US case against
high-level FIFA officials in 2015.
Rosell, a former Nike executive in
Brazil, had close connections to the
former president of the Brazilian foot-
ball confederation, Ricardo Teixeira,
who was mentioned in the indictment
by American officials.
Teixeira was also being investi-
gated by Spanish authorities, and
raids were also expected in Brazil.
Teixeira resigned from the Brazilian
confederation in 2012 citing medical
reasons amid widespread allegations
of corruption and irregularities in his
administration. In the 1990s, Rosell
negotiated several deals with Teixeira
involving Brazil's national team and
Nike, which remains the sportswear
company used by the Brazilian team.
Several years ago, Rosell was formal-
ly accused by Brazilian authorities of
using one of his companies to illegally
benefit from a friendly between Bra-
zil and Portugal in 2008. Rosell was
cleared of any wrongdoing at the time.
In a separate case in Spain, Rosell is
going to stand trial for fraud and cor-
ruption charges involving the transfer
of striker Neymar from Brazilian club
Santos in 2013. Prosecutors said the
real amount of the transfer fee was
concealed to benefit some of those
Cup final may be Rooney's
last Man United match
Wayne Rooney could
finish his Manchester
United career by hoist-
ing a European trophy,
surrounded by jubilant
teammates and with
Still,it wouldn't be quite
the end he would have en-
visioned after 13 years at the
English club. Rooney is set
to be a substitute for United
today in the Europa League
final against Ajax in Stock-
holm, a role which the club's
captain and record scorer
has become increasingly
accustomed to this season.
Depending on the situation
in the match, he might not
even come on.
That's how it's been for
most of this season, watch-
ing from afar at a club where
he was once the main man.
Talk about United's key
players ahead of a final that
means so much to the Eng-
lish club, and many would
say Marcus Rashford or
Paul Pogba or Henrikh
Few would say Rooney.
That's the reason why
this game might be his last
for United despite having
two years left on his con-
tract, why he has been
linked for much of the past
few months with a return to
former clubEverton,a move
to MLS in the United States,
or a short spell in the Chi-
United is moving on
under Jose Mourinho and
Rooney is being left behind.
Speculation grows that
James Rodriguez will be
moving to Old Trafford
from Real Madrid, adding to
the list of attackers who will
be ahead of Rooney in the
pecking order next season.
There was a symbolic
moment Sunday on the
final day of the Premier
League season. Rooney
was one of the few senior
players picked for a virtually
meaningless match against
Crystal Palace --- Mourinho
rested most of his Europa
League starters --- and he
was replaced in the final
minutes by 16-year-old
attacking midfielder An-
gel Gomes, who became
the first player born this
millennium to play in the
Rooney applauded all
corners of Old Trafford
and walked off with his
head down. Was he saying
goodbye to the stadium he
has played at since 2004,
spectacular debut by scor-
ing a hat trick in a Cham-
pions League game against
Since then,he has racked
up 253 goals for United to
surpass Bobby Charlton's
longstanding club record.
He is also England's record
scorer with 53 goals, again
He has won the Premier
League title five times, the
FA Cup once, the League
Cup three times and the
Champions League once.
That last trophy came in
2008 when he was part of
the famous frontline con-
taining Cristiano Ronaldo
and Carlos Tevez.
Rooney is no longer the
force of old, unable to influ-
ence matches in the same
way or tear around the
field harassing opponents.
Games can pass him by and
there is the fear that, after 15
years in the spotlight of the
soccer world, he is simply
In his last appearance
at a news conference, pri-
or to the second leg of the
Europa League semifinals
against Celta Vigo, Roon-
ey said his priority at this
stage of his career was to
"play football." When asked
if that meant at United, he
added: "Of course."
He will end this sea-
son likely having started
25 of United's 64 games.
Often, he was an unused
substitute. Mourinho said
he would not sell Rooney
against his wishes, so it is
for the player to decide if
Wednesday is the last time
he dons a United jersey.
Whether he actually
makes it onto the field re-
mains to be seen.
United's Wayne Rooney, centere, walks on the pitch with his teammates at the
Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. Ajax Amsterdam and
Manchester United will play the football Europa League final in Stockholm today.
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