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Sevilla president set to quit

Rio Ferdinand (R) shakes hands with Jose Maria del Nido.
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Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido will resign from the Spanish league club after being sentenced to seven years in prison.

Sevilla says Del Nido has convened a board meeting on Monday when he will hand in his resignation. Vice president Jose Castro is expected to replace him.

Del Nido, the president since 2002, was found guilty of embezzlement and corruption relating to a case in the southern resort town of Marbella.

Madrid's Supreme Court upheld the charges on Thursday. Del Nido cannot appeal the sentence, but he can ask for a government pardon.

Sevilla enjoyed its most successful period under Del Nido's stewardship, winning back-to-back UEFA Cups, a European Super Cup, and a pair of Copa del Rey trophies.

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