Spanish federation names interim president to replace Villar

BY AP • July 26, 2017

MADRID (AP) The Spanish football federation has named a new president while Angel Maria Villar remains in prison on charges of corruption, and after he was suspended for a year by the country's top sports authority.

The federation's board named treasurer Juan Luis Larrea as interim president on Wednesday.

Villar was arrested last week along with his son Gorka Villar, federation vice president Juan Padron, and the secretary of the regional federation of Tenerife, Ramon Hernandez. Police accuse them of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption, and falsifying documents.

The Villars and Padron were denied bail and transferred from a police jail to prison while the investigation continues.

Villar has been head of Spain's football federation since 1988. He is also the senior vice president of FIFA and a vice president of UEFA.

He was suspended by Spain's Higher Council of Sport on Tuesday pending the outcome of the police investigation.

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