The Spanish press has been having a field day following Sandro Rosell’s resignation as Barcelona president on Thursday in the wake of a court investigation into the alleged misappropriation of millions of euros during the transfer of Neymar to the Catalan giant from Santos last summer.
In the capital, Real Madrid-leaning Marca said in its headline, “Rosell flees, the scandal goes on” -- pointing out that he could be just the “first victim” as Spanish authorities look into the Neymar case. AS, another Real-leaning paper, noted that questions remain about why Rosell stepped down with its headline, “Rosell resigns without explaining why.”
In Barca-leaning Catalonia, La Vanguadia, which broke the news of Rosell’s departure on Thursday morning, went with the headline, “Rosell throws in the towel”, while Sport said, “Rosell Abandons Ship; Neymargate Provokes His Resignation.” In an editorial, Mundo Deportivo’s director Santi Nolla tried to be more sympathetic to the deposed president: “Rosell took yesterday a responsible decision. ... In a world where nobody resigns, the president has left so as not to damage the club in a court case which is expected to be long, brought about by an 'activist' socio.”
Speaking of that "activist socio," ESPN reported separately on Friday that Jordi Cases, the Barca fan who launched the initial legal action against the club, is considering withdrawing his official complaint against Neymar’s controversial signing before it does any further damage to the club. However, with his complaint having already been accepted by Judge Pablo Ruiz, withdrawing the complaint is unlikely to stop the investigation, ESPN claims.