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Spain's football president Angel Maria Villar arrested after police raids

Angel Maria Villar GETTY HIGH PROFILE Angel Maria Villar has been head of the Spanish FA for eight terms
Cris De Lacerda | 18 Julio, 2017, 14:05

Spanish police on Tuesday arrested the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and current senior vice president of FIFA, Angel Maria Villar, 67, on corruption charges - along with his son.

They were detained as police raided offices belonging to the country's football federation in Madrid.

According to the Associated Press' Aritz Parra and Joseph Wilson, three more federation executives were also arrested.

Working under the supervision of national court judge Santiago Pedraz, the anti-corruption crackdown involves the investigation of crimes of fraud, document forgery, corruption between individuals and misappropriation of funds.

As well as being head of the Spanish federation, Villar is additionally a senior vice president of both FIFA and UEFA.

In May, Villar won an eighth term after standing unopposed when his former secretary general Jorge Perez withdrew after failing to muster the necessary backing.

Spain's minister of education, culture and sport, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, told national television moments after the raids that "in Spain the laws are enforced, the laws are the same for all, and nobody, nobody is above the law".

He led the Portugal/Spain campaign which ultimately failed dismally amid claims that a €1.2 million government grant was used for development projects in the Caribbean.

"Villar Llona" but that "we have no comment to make at this time".