Spanish FA chief Villar banned amid probe
Madrid, Spain - Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country's sports ministry (CSD), a spokesperson said.
The suspension was decided during a meeting of the CSD executive committee in Madrid, after the Spanish administrative sports tribunal opened disciplinary proceedings against Villar.
The 67 year old, a former acting president and current vice-president of the UEFA, which runs European football, has headed the Spanish federation since 1988. The decision can be reviewed, according to the CSD spokesperson.
Villar's replacement is expected to be announced soon after the Spanish federation (RFEF) holds its general assembly. Villar, who is also a senior vice-president of FIFA, and his son Gorka were detained by police on July 18 in a series of early morning raids on federation headquarters and other sites as part of a fraud probe launched last year.
Also arrested were the 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 and channelling the funds to Gorka Villar.
A Madrid court ordered Villar and his son Gorka to be held in custody on Thursday without bail following their arrest.
High Court judge Santiago Pedraz said there was a significant risk that the two men could make an attempt to flee the country given the seriousness of the crimes they are accused of and the "huge financial means" which they have.
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