Spanish federation boss Villar resigns from FIFA, UEFA

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 27, 2017

The 67-year-old, who has denied all allegations, has also stepped down as the senior vice-president of Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"Mr Villar has stood down from his post as senior vice-president at FIFA", a spokesperson for world football's ruling body told AFP.

Villar's replacement was expected to be announced yesterday when the Spanish federation (RFEF) holds its general assembly.

At UEFA, European football's governing association said his resignation tendered "with immediate effect" on Wednesday had been accepted by the organisation's president Aleksander Ceferin.

Villar, a former Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder, had headed the Spanish federation for 29 years and was re-elected for an eighth term in May.

Villar had been a member of the Uefa executive committee since 1992 and ran for the presidency past year, but later withdrew his candidacy.

"Villar will no longer have any official functions at our organization", UEFA said in a statement sent to Reuters. "In view of the ongoing court proceedings in Spain, we have no further comments to make on this matter", Uefa said in a brief statement.

The 67-year-old, a former Spain global, had been president of the Spanish football association (RFEF) since 1988, but has been replaced by Juan Luis Larrea as interim president.

Several have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, others have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial and some are in their homeland where they are fighting, or have avoided, extradition.

Villar stepped in as acting UEFA president in October 2015 when Michel Platini was suspended.

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