First it was Luciano Moggi the former Juventus director who was sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison for his role in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal, then former Roma midfielder Mancini was found guilty of sexual assault and sentenced to 2 years in prison, now Sevilla President Jose Maria del Nido becomes the latest big shot football executive to trade the plush setting of his office suite for a cold hard jail bed.
Del Nido was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for embezzlement of public funds in the town of Marbella. Also sentenced was Marbella’s former mayor Julian Munoz who received the same sentence as Del Nido and thte city’s former planning adviser Juan Antonio Roca who was sentenced to 4 years.
In addition, Del Nido has been ordered to pay Marbella €2.7 million in compensation. Del Nido has however remain adamant that he will not resign as President of Sevilla.
In a recently published interview with AS reporter Javier Santos, Del Nido stated that he will continue performing his duties as President until the law says otherwise.
“I will continue to be in charge of Sevilla while I can and while I still have the strength permitted by this current legislation. I have been found guilty in the first instance but can appeal. Although it has not been decided, I am innocent of everything, he said.
Del Nido also revealed that the news took him by surprise by that he will not let it affect his duties to the club.
“It was a big blow when I first heard. In my head there is no conviction and, even less, seven and a half years in prison. But as a human being you are made to get back up again when you fall. My challenge is to not let this affect my role as President. You will all be witnesses that this is how it will be.”
Sevilla are yet to release a statement on the matter, but many believe that this news could seriously affect their title campaign and through their season into disarray.
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