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Head of the Spanish Football Federation arrested

Police in Spain have arrested, the president of the Spanish Football Federation and his son as part of a corruption investigation.

Angel Maria Villar Llona was arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds. His son Gorka and several other executives are also being held as part of an inquiry into international match fixing.

Villar was fined more than 20,000 euros in 2015 by world football’s governing body for failing to co-operate with an investigation into the controversial awarding of the 2018 World Cup. His punishment was not heavier because he subsequently contributed to the investigation, the organization said at the time.

Mr Villar, a former Spain international footballer, has been president of the association since 1988.

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

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

There has been no comment yet from Mr Villar, 67, or his lawyers.

He spent the bulk of his playing career as a midfielder at Athletico Bilbao in the 1970s and won 22 caps for Spain before retiring and rising to head the national football federation in 1988.

He has also served on the council of football’s world governing body Fifa for the past 29 years, but was reprimanded by Fifa for failing to comply with its internal inquiry into the 2018/22 World Cup bidding process.

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