Spanish police arrest head of Spain FA, Angel Villar, in anti-corruption crackdown

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The Spanish Civil Guard are investigating crimes of fraud, document forgery, corruption between individuals and misappropriation of funds

The president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF), Angel Villar, has been arrested by police over suspected financial irregularities.

Goal understands that the arrest of the former Athletic and Spain midfielder, 67, and his son, Gorka, is part of an anti-corruption operation by Spain's Civil Guard.

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.

Villar was re-elected to his post in May having been president of the RFEF since 1988, 29 years ago.

He has overseen the most successful period in Spanish football history, with the national team winning the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Villar was acting president of UEFA for 11 months when Michel Platini was suspended by FIFA for alleged ethics violations.

However, during that period in charge of UEFA he was fined an estimated £20,000 for failing to cooperate in the bidding process for World Cup 2018, which ultimately went to Russia.

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