High-ranking FIFA official arrested

The president of the Spanish soccer federation–who is also connected with FIFA (the international soccer association) and UEFA (the European soccer union)–continues a long history of corruption in the world of football.

Mr. Villar has run Spanish soccer for the past three decades and during the most successful period in the history of the national team that won European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as their first World Cup in 2010.

During his tenure, allegations of corruption surfaced but no charges ever stuck.

Villar also served at UEFA interim president when former president Michel Platini was banned for four years (reduced by eight years) from UEFA for ethics violations. Villar tried to win the election to become permanent president but lack of support made him drop out.

RFEF – Spanish soccer federation, Real Federación Española de Fútbol; member of UEFA
FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association is the international governing body of football; consists of 209 members, one of which is UEFA
UEFA – Union of European Football Associations, and the governing body of football in Europe; consists of 55 members

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