Vil­lar re­signs from FIFA and UEFA roles

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

DE­POSED Span­ish foot­ball boss An­gel Maria Vil­lar, in cus­tody on cor­rup­tion charges, has re­signed as vice-pres­i­dent of both FIFA and UEFA, the two gov­ern­ing bod­ies an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The 67-year-old’s near three-decade ten­ure as head of the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion ended this week when he was sus­pended fol­low­ing his ar­rest on July 18.

“Mr Vil­lar has stood down from his post as se­nior vice-pres­i­dent at FIFA,” a spokesper­son for world foot­ball’s rul­ing body told AFP.

At UEFA, Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing as­so­ci­a­tion said his res­ig­na­tion ten­dered “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect” on Wed­nes­day had been ac­cepted by the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin.

Ce­ferin “thanked him for his many years of ser­vice to Euro­pean foot­ball”.

“Fol­low­ing his res­ig­na­tion, Mr Vil­lar will no longer have any of­fi­cial func­tions at our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“In view of the on-go­ing court pro­ceed­ings in Spain, we have no fur­ther com­ments to make on this mat­ter,” the state­ment con­cluded.

Vil­lar was de­tained with his son as part of a fraud probe launched last year.

Also ar­rested in a series of early morn­ing raids on fed­er­a­tion head­quar­ters and other sites last week were the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion’s fi­nan­cial vice-pres­i­dent Juan Padron and Ra­mon Her­nan­dez Baus­sou, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Tener­ife fed­er­a­tion.

They face charges in­clud­ing fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments, mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds, col­lu­sion and ad­min­is­tra­tive breaches linked to skim­ming prof­its from in­ter­na­tional friendly games.

– AFP

An­gel Maria Vil­lar. Photo: AFP

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