- Title: Head of Spain's soccer federation arrested after raid on offices
- Date: 18th July 2017
- Summary: BARCELONA, SPAIN (FILE - JUNE 3, 2015) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VILLAR LLONA GREETING PEOPLE AT BARCELONA EVENT VARIOUS OF VILLAR LLONA TALKING WITH CLUB OFFICIALS AND EVENT GUESTS CLOSE UP OF VILLAR LLONA TALKING VILLAR LLONA TALKING VILLAR LLONA TALKING AND LAUGHING WITH FORMER BARCELONA PRESIDENT JOAN LAPORTA VARIOUS OF VILLAR LLONA TALKING BARCELONA MIDFIELDER JAVIER MASCHERANO GREETING VILLAR LLONA WHO IS SEATED ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (FILE - MAY 14, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE DELEGATION, INCLUDING VILLAR LLONA, HANDING OVER THEIR JOINT BID FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP TO BLATTER MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - APRIL 16, 2010) (REUTERS) FORMER DUTCH SOCCER PLAYER JOHAN CRUYFF HANDING OVER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY TO VILLAR LLONA AHEAD OF MADRID HOSTING 2010 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
- Embargoed: 1st August 2017 09:41
- Keywords: Angel Maria Villar Llona Spain football corruption raid soccer
- Location: VARIOUS
- City: VARIOUS
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0026Q8UONB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The head of Spain's soccer federation (RFEF) Angel Maria Villar was arrested on Tuesday (July 18) after a raid on several offices in Madrid linked to the group as part of an anti-corruption investigation, police said.
Villar's son, named by Spanish media as Gorka, as well as several other soccer executives were arrested on allegations of collusion, fraud and embezzlement, the police said in a statement.
Spain's High Court also confirmed that one of its investigating magistrates and anti-corruption prosecutors were leading the probe.
The RFEF could not be reached for comment. Villar, a member of FIFA's executive committee, has been at the head of the RFEF for nearly 30 years.
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