The former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell and his wife have been detained in connection with his businesses in Brazil. The detentions were part of a money-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 immediately 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 payments received by Rosell and other people involved in promoting Brazil’s games. Authorities said nearly €15m (£13m) could have been laundered through tax havens.
Officials said the operation used information from the FBI following the US case against high-level Fifa officials in 2015.
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