Spanish FA call for electionsFebruary 16, 2018
The Spanish Football Federation have called for elections to be made on April 9 in an official statement.
In a statement published on Friday by the RFEF, it read that elections would take place in two months time to replace Miguel Angel Villar, who went to prison earlier this year.
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.
The electoral campaign has already begun and will finish on the day of the voting, but for now, the only public candidate is Luis Rubiales, although Juan Luis Larrea, Valencia chief Manuel Llorente and others could step forward.
This also follows FIFA’s look into the Spanish Governments interference in football affairs 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.