Detained ex-Barcelona president to appear before judge

This handout photo taken on November 25, 2017 in Barcelona and released by the Barcelona FC press office, shows club President Josep Maria Bartomeu (left )and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi signing a contract extension keeping Messi at the club until 2021.

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What you need to know:

  • His departure came in the same month Barcelona announced losses of 97 million euros ($114 million) for last season and following a dramatic decline in performances on the pitch as well as a personal falling-out with Messi.
  • His successor is due to be elected on Sunday, when club members will choose between the final three candidates, Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Victor Font.



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