Span­ish sports min­istry calls for new fed­er­a­tion elec­tions

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Spain’s sports min­is­ter has re­quested that its na­tional soccer fed­er­a­tion (RFEF) holds new elec­tions as a re­sult of the cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion into for­mer pres­i­dent An­gel Maria Vil­lar, Span­ish me­dia re­ported on Tues­day.

News­pa­per AS said that Jose Ra­mon Lete, pres­i­dent of the state sports body Con­sejo Su­pe­rior de De­portes (CSD), made the re­quest through the Span­ish sports court (TAD), which needs to ap­prove it to trig­ger a new elec­tion process.

“Now we have to wait for their de­ci­sion, which I hope does not take too long,” Lete said.

The fed­er­a­tion had no im­me­di­ate com­ment when con­tacted by Reuters and re­ferred ques­tions back to the min­istry, which was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

Vil­lar, RFEF pres­i­dent since 1988 un­til his ar­rest in July in a sweep­ing cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion, was re-elected un­op­posed in May for an eighth con­sec­u­tive term.

He was tem­po­rar­ily re­moved from of­fice fol­low­ing his ar­rest in July along­side his son Gorka Vil­lar and vice-pres­i­dent Juan Padron on al­le­ga­tions of col­lu­sion, em­bez­zle­ment and fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments.

Vil­lar, a for­mer vice-pres­i­dent at FIFA and UEFA, was granted bail on July 31. He de­nies all the charges against him.

For­mer RFEF trea­surer Juan Luis Lar­rea was named in­terim RFEF pres­i­dent in July.

If the TAD ap­proves Lete’s re­quest, a new elec­tion process will be launched, with a new pres­i­dent likely to be cho­sen in Fe­bru­ary, 2018.

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