Rio de Janeiro: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell faces possible fraud charges in Brazil over a 2008 friendly match organised by his marketing company Ailanto.
A Brazilian court Tuesday heard Ailanto was contracted to promote the fixture without a formal bidding process and that a false document was used to secure the deal, reports Xinhua.
According to public prosecutors, Ailanto, which is owned by Rosell, received $4million to organise the match.
Rosell, Barcelona's president since July 2010, faces up to eight years in jail in Brazil if he is charged and found guilty.
The court will hear his defence before a judge decides whether to proceed with charges.
Rosell's lawyer Antenor Madruga said his client had already been cleared of claims that the rights for the match had been bought illegally.
"The charges that have been levelled are under two allegations," Madruga was quoted as saying by Brazilian daily Folha de S.Paulo Tuesday. "One about whether his company had the capacity to promote matches, the other whether he presented false documents to prove he was able to promote matches. The police investigation did not come to any conclusion, but the prosecutor went ahead anyway."