RFEF president Villar arrested on corruption charges

RFEF president Villar arrested on corruption charges

RFEF president Villar arrested on corruption charges

Villar, his son - named by Spanish media as Gorka - and several other Spanish soccer federation members were detained on allegations of collusion, fraud and embezzlement, the police said in a statement.

Initial reports said the arrests of Villar, who has run Spanish football for nearly three decades, and his son Gorka were carried out during a swoop on the federation's headquarters following claims that he used Spanish FA (RFEF) funds to secure support for his re-election as president two months ago.

A brief police statement related to the arrests confirmed investigations are concerned with "irregularities in the management of the Federation", while Marca also claim that Villar's use of RFEF funds is also under investigation.

He has been head of Spain's football federation for almost 30 years.

In November 2015, he was officially warned and fined by FIFA's Ethics Commission for initially failing to comment on the controversial awardings of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russian Federation and Qatar respectively.

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Police have also reportedly raided offices at the RFEF headquarters in Madrid's Las Rozas district.

Villar is also a vice-president of UEFA and ran for the presidency of that body a year ago to replace Frenchman Michel Platini before withdrawing, after being asked to stand for re-election at the RFEF.

He has also been appointed to top jobs at Federation Internationale de Football Association - including being named vice president in 2002.

Gorka Villar worked in recent years for South American body Conmebol, as legal director then director general for three presidents who were implicated in the American federal investigation.

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