Stumbled Corruption Case, President of the Spanish Football Federation And His Child Arrested
Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar and former CONMEBOL executive Gorka Villar and third were arrested on suspicion of corruption.
A spokesman for Spanish Guarda Civil told The Associated Press that police agents raided the office of Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (RFEF) as part of a corruption investigation.
Spanish newspaper El Pais said the investigation was being watched by Audiencia Nacional judge Santiago Pedraz and was looking into alleged use of RFEF funds to gain support from the Spanish Federation for re-election as president.
People close to Blatter and Platini
Former Athletic player Bilbao Villar founded the Spanish player union (AFE) in 1978 before becoming RFEF leader in 1988. He was a close associate of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for many years. He also served as FIFA’s vice-president in 2002 and last year became the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup.
Villar Sr. Who has been elected seven times as president of the RFEF, is accused of not doing transparency about the finances and decision-making of the Spanish Football Federation. A number of court cases have been filed for years, but he can always escape.
Gorka Villar resigned as general director of CONMEBOL in July 2016 after his time at the South American football federation stumbled through a lot of scandals. He has also been a member of the FIFA Reformation.
The raids took place two days before the RFEF assembly set July 20 as the date of the Spanish football registration of 2017-2018. (Source: espnfcasia.com)