President Of Spanish FA & His Son Arrested
President Of Spanish Football Association Angel Maria Villar & His Son Arrested
The president of the Spanish Football Association, Angel Maria Villar, who is also a current FIFA and UEFA vice president, and his son were arrested on Tuesday.
Spanish police arrested Villar along with four other officials from the Spanish FA (RFEF) on Tuesday, amid claims he is guilty of falsifying documents, misappropriation of funds and corruption.
"Spain's Guardia Civil said in a statement that SFF president Angel Maria Villar, his son Gorka Villar and three other officials were detained when raids were carried out at the federation headquarters in Madrid," a Sky Sports report read.
"Police said the other three men who were arrested were Juan Padron, federation vice president of economic affairs, and the president and the secretary of the regional federation for Tenerife.
"Officers said the five men were arrested on charges of corruption as part of a probe into the finances of the federations."
Spain's minister of education, culture and sport, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, was the first politician to comment.
"In Spain the laws are enforced, the laws are the same for all, and nobody, nobody is above the law," he said.
Villar is currently Europe's representative on the FIFA executive committee, and is also the world football governing body's senior vice president, and was UEFA interim president when Michel Platini was suspended back in October 2015. He is also one of UEFA's vice presidents and has been president of the Spanish FA since 1988.
The arrests come just two days before the Spanish FA is scheduled to announce the 2017/18 La Liga fixtures.
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