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Judge finds in favour of ex-Barcelona chief Joan Laporta over fraud claims

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta and 16 of his fellow ex-directors will not have to pay the 47.6 million euros sought by the Blaugrana for losses generated when the club was under their control.

When Sandro Rosell took over as president of Barca in 2010, he had his accountants look over the books and issued restated accounts, which converted the reported 11.1 million-euro profit in Laporta's last year in charge into a 79.6 million loss.

The net result of the Laporta era, according to Rosell, was a loss of 47.6 million euros, and he took action after consulting with club members to pursue his predecessor for the money.

However, according to AS, Judge Jose Manuel Martinez Borreguero found in favour of Laporta and his fellow directors, absolving them of the need to pay 2.86 million euros each.

The current Barcelona board -- led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, who took over when Rosell resigned in the wake of the Neymar signing controversy -- now have 20 days to present an appeal against the decision in favour of Laporta.

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