Spain wants Vil­lar to re­sign as head of soc­cer fed­er­a­tion

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Spain's high­est sports au­thor­ity and its lead­ing soc­cer of­fi­cials want An­gel Maria Vil­lar to re­sign from the pres­i­dency of the Span­ish soc­cer fed­er­a­tion.

Vil­lar was sus­pended for one year af­ter he, his son and two other soc­cer of­fi­cials were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of cor­rup­tion in July. He has since re­signed from his vice pres­i­den­cies of both FIFA and UEFA, but he has yet to re­nounce the lead­er­ship of the Span­ish soc­cer fed­er­a­tion, a po­si­tion he has held since 1988.

Jose Ra­mon Lete, pres­i­dent of Spain's Higher Council of Sports, said af­ter meet­ing with Span­ish soc­cer of­fi­cials on Tuesday that "there is una­nim­ity and a com­plete con­sen­sus that the best so­lu­tion is for Vil­lar to re­sign."

Lete said if Vil­lar re­fuses to step down, the council would con­sider propos­ing a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion in Novem­ber to oust him.

The fed­er­a­tion's in­terim pres­i­dent, Juan Luis Lar­rea, agreed that Vil­lar must go, but in his own time.

"He will leave when he wants," Lar­rea said. "Vil­lar has been in the fed­er­a­tion for 29 years and we have to give him time to leave."

Lete and Lar­rea spoke af­ter a meet­ing with the heads of Spain's re­gional soc­cer fed­er­a­tions.

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