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Sandro Rosell steps down as Barcelona president

Sandro Rosell has stepped down as Barcelona president. The decision was announced following an emergency board meeting with the club's vice presidents.

Josep Maria Bartomeu, the current acting vice-president of sport, will take over until 2016.

"The success the club has had has also come along with difficult moments for myself and my family," Rosell said.

"There have been threats and accusations which make you consider your position including the claim of misappropriation of funds and the court case. I've always stated that we acted correctly with the Neymar transfer."

Bartomeu added: "My first message as the new president of Barca is to announce the continuity of our project until 2016.

"We continue with the utmost desire and commitment to maintain the sporting, economic and social excellence of our club."

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