Ex Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been ordered by a Spanish judge to stand trial over money laundering charges.
Friday’s ruling, issued by investigative judge Carman Lemela, relates to the sale of television rights for Brazil matches.
Rosell, his wife, and four others are to stand trial at a later date, with evidence portentous that the 54-year-old embezzled money coming from the sale of the TV rights, including sponsorship money in a contract between Nike and the Brazil national side.
The judge asserts that the former Barca chief played a part in laundering around €15 (£13.2m) from the TV rights and a further €5 (£4.4m) from the Nike deal.
Rosell who was president of the Catalan giants between 2010 and 2014 has the right to appeal the trial within the next 10 days.