FIFA hold Spanish FA meetings over government interferenceFebruary 6, 2018
FIFA and the Spanish Football Association have held a meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss government interference in their affairs, say reports in Spain.
A group of officials from the FIFA, led by general secretary Fatmas Samoura, arrived in Spain on Monday and have sat down with Spanish football officials regarding various concerns about the Spanish government getting involved in football affairs.
The report, which was first released by Associated Press – claims that a meeting stemmed from elections being held by the Spanish FA to replace Miguel Angel Villar, who was sacked and jailed following corruption charges.
67-year-old Villar has been the head of Spain’s soccer federation since 1988, playing a part in the national team’s victories in the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
Villar is accused of charges related to improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and making false documents.
The former president, along with three other officials – is awaiting trial and could face a lengthy spell in prison for his misdemeanours.
Juan Luis Larrea is in temporary charge of the RFEF and attended the meeting, which officials now fear could see a punishment monetary value or Spain being kicked out of the World Cup in Russia later this summer.