World cup 2018: FIFA threatens with exclusion Spain

Angel María Villar, the president of the Spanish football federation, is the central figure in a case that is still larger proportions.

Angel Maria Villar © Belga Image

The Spanish football association there was recently an envelope of the FIFA in the post. There was no kerstkaartje in but a serious letter.

Therein warned the highest voetbalorgaan that the Spanish government should not moeien with the operation of the football association. It happens, however, threatens the FIFA agree Spain are to be excluded from all competitions, including the world cup.

Controversial chairman

On the occasion of the letter is that the Spanish High Council of Sport, a government agency, the validity challenged of the last voorzittersverkiezingen by the Spanish football federation. They had even a case in the BAG, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The last voorzittersverkiezingen found in may of this year and there was Angel María Villar for the seventh (!) once re-elected. The now 67-year-old former player of Athletic Club swings since 1988 the paste at the Spanish football federation.

Under his reign knew La Roja his greatest successes, with the profit of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 world cup. Also the national junior would all pile up the trophies on.

But in the last few years came to Villar more and more in the eye of the storm. He’d already had years of being friends with senior figures at FIFA, that is him in the saddle. The back and his son, Gorka, a lawyer specializing in sports law, it would also the main characters are in a network of corruption, forgery, misappropriation of property, and other unsavory practices.

On the basis of a damaging dossier of the Spanish High Council of Sport were father and son Camping in July of this year and brought both of them for a while in the cell. Villar was also deprived of his position as back. In the meantime he is free on bail and the senses he is clearly on revenge.

Italy lurking

What is the Spanish High Council of Sports has done with Villar, interprets the FIFA as ‘the interference of the government in the functioning of the Spanish football association’. Every national football association should be an independent way can be operated without interference from third parties, if they find in FIFA.

Or Villar is guilty of the him aangewreven practices, they find the wereldvoetbalbond apparently not the issue.

Angel María Villar showed recently on a half hour press conference, combative, and washed his hands in innocence. “We are innocent, we have done nothing. A number of people want my head on the kapblok.’

He lashed out: ‘If Spain of the world cup should stay away, is the government the only one responsible.’ And he warned: “Countries like Italy are lurking around the place that is released in to take.’


Meanwhile there came from many corners of the reactions. When asked what he thought of the threat of FIFA, was prime minister , Mariano Rajoy, assured of his piece: “It is a scenario that I can’t keep. Spain will go to the world cup and will win it.’

Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish prof league, went a step further: “Spain will participate at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS. What Villar proclaims his foolishness. He represents the old FIFA, which is threatening and fear creates about something that does not exist. He lives in a bubble.’

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