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Former Barca president Nuñez sentenced to prison

by Ameen Rabbani | Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Former Barcelona president Josep Lluis Nuñez has been sentenced to two years and two months in prison for appropriating €13 million in public funds, but according to El Pais the 82-year-old won’t spend any time in prison because of his age.

Josep Lluis Nuñez

Nuñez was the president of the Catalans between 1978 and 2000, and has been the most successful one the club has ever had, overseeing many triumphs on the football pitch including 30 trophies, winning the first European Cup in 1992, as well as increasing the capacity of the Camp Nou and opening the famous La Masia.

However, arguments with players and managers, such as the Hesperia Mutiny, plus other controversies saw him finally end his 22-year reign in 2000.

Since then Nuñez’s appearances at the Camp Nou have been rare under the regimes of Joan Gaspart and Joan Laporta, but Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president last week, was more welcoming, often inviting him back to games and official events in recent years.

On Thursday Spain’s Supreme Court upheld a finding from a lower court that Nuñez was part of a conspiracy that was being paid millions of euros to accept returns they knew to be false.

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