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Spanish FA president Villar arrested in anti-corruption swoop on RFEF headquarters

18 Julio 2017

Angel Maria Villar, FIFA's senior vice-president and one of the last surviving members of the organisation's old guard, has been sensationally arrested in his native Spain along with his son in an anti-corruption raid carried out by Spanish authorities.

Spanish FA president Angel Maria Villar and his son have reportedly been arrested on allegations of corruption.

Villar's son Gorka and another federation official were also detained in the probe which notably focuses on allegations of skimming profits from international matches, the source told AFP.

The pair were detained on suspicion of falsifying documents, private corruption and misappropriation, according to Marca.

Villar, a former player who earned 22 caps for Spain in the 1970s, was briefly acting President of UEFA following the suspension of Michel Platini, but was later fined by the FIFA Ethics Committee for failing to cooperate with investigations into the World Cup bidding process.

UEFA said in a statement it "is aware of the reports regarding Mr. Villar Llona".

The 67-year-old, who has been in place since 1988, was controversially re-elected as RFEF president for an eighth successive terms in May after his sole rival, Jorge Perez, could not muster the necessary backing to contest an election.

He has long been sought by authorities in Uruguay over claims he 'extorted' eight Uruguayan clubs to withdraw a complaint of corruption filed against CONMEBOL in 2013.

Spanish FA president Villar arrested in anti-corruption swoop on RFEF headquarters