Spanish Soccer Federation(RFEF) head, Angel Maria Villar has been arrested yesterday for graft charges. Villar is also the Vice President of FIFA. Villar, a midfielder for Athletic Bilbao long ago, has been at the head of the federation for nearly 30 years.
Villar is also the Vice President of UEFA and stood for the post of President to replace Frenchman Michel Platini before withdrawing.
FIFA and UEFA did not comment on the arrest but said in a separate statements that they were aware of the media reports surrounding the controversy. The arrests were made yesterday after the office and premises of Villar was raided and totally 4 members which included another member of the RFEF and an executive from the Tenerife soccer association, who are accused of misappropriating funds and siphoning them off to a company they both manage, police said.
Villar is suppose to preside the meeting which would discuss about the match schedule for Spain’s next La Liga soccer season.
The investigations which was several months old gained importance after the claims were raised by the Spanish state’s sports body in early 2016 where it accused Villar of using his power and position to misappropriate funds.
He was fined Swiss Francs 25,000 by the FIFA Ethics Committee for failing to co-operate with an investigation into the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup soccer matches.