Span­ish FA chief Vil­lar banned amid probe

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

An­gel Maria Vil­lar

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