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18 July 2017

Spain football chief Angel Maria Villar held by police

Spanish football President Angel Maria Villar - August 2016Image copyright
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The president of the Spanish Football Federation and his son have been held as part of a corruption investigation, judicial sources say.

Angel Maria Villar was arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds, El Pais and Efe news agency reported.

Mr Villar, a former Spain international footballer, has been president of the association since 1988.

His son Gorka was among a number of other people also arrested on Tuesday, AFP agency said.

Spain’s High Court told Reuters that one of its investigating magistrates and anti-corruption prosecutors were leading the probe.

In Villar’s time as president of the federation, Spain’s men’s football team has won two European championships as well as the 2010 World Cup, becoming one of football’s dominant forces.

He has also served on the council of football’s world governing body Fifa for the past 29 years.

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