Cadena SER is reporting that former FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell is under FBI investigation for money laundering and wire fraud.
Spanish and American authorities are collaborating in an investigation that examines Rosell’s link to Julio Rocha and Rafael Esquivel, two FIFA officials who plead guilty to similar crimes during “FIFA Gate”, the 2015 FIFA corruption case.
The link may have something to do with the deal Nike made with the Brazilian FA in 1996. Rosell was a Nike executive in Brazil at the time. Ricardo Teixeira was the president of the Brazilian federation in those days. He was also a friend of Rosell’s and was also implicated during FIFA gate.
Rosell’s camp is known to deny any wrongdoing and it bears repeating: he is innocent until proven guilty.