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SPANISH FEDERATION PRESIDENT AND SON ARRESTED

The Spanish Football Federation’s president, Angel María Villar Llona and his son, Gorka Villar have been arrested as part of a corruption investigation, police in Spain say.

Mr. Villar, a former Spain international footballer who played for Athletico Bilbao has been the Federation’s president since 1988.

The two among others were arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds, El Pais and Efe news agency reported.

Mr. Villar who acted as the UEFA President when Michel Platini was suspended till he lost the elections September last year to Aleksander Čeferin or his lawyers is yet to respond.

The Spanish High Court told Reuters that one of its investigating magistrates and anti-corruption prosecutors were leading the probe.

Spanish media also report that the allegations centre on the falsification of documents and skimming profits from international football matches.

UEFA and FIFA has also indicated that they are aware of the reports.

Michael Garcia, who conducted the investigation, wrote that Mr. Villar told him: “Well, you really have balls” when the American lawyer refused to reveal who had made allegations against Mr Villar. He also demanded Mr Garcia drop the case “for his own good”.

Villar’s time at the Spanish Federation has seen the European nation becoming one of the dominant force as they have won two Euros title and a FIFA World Cup. He was also a FIFA Council member for 29 years but was stepped aside after he failed to comply with the internal inquiry into the 2018/22 World Cup bidding process.

 

 

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