Villar declares before the judge for diverting funds from the Football Federation

Villar declares before the judge for diverting funds from the Football Federation

Villar declares before the judge for diverting funds from the Football Federation

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Angel Maria Villar, and his son Gorka will be transferred Thursday to the National Court to testify before the judge after his arrest last Tuesday to divert millions of euros from the coffers of the federative.

Both were arrested in the operation Soule with the vice president of the RFEF and president of the Tenerife federation, Juan Padrón, and the secretary of that regional federation, Ramón Hernández Baussou.

The four will testify Monday before judge Santiago Pedraz, who will decide whether to release them or send them to provisional detention.

In the operation carried out by the Civil Guard, the domicile of Villar, the RFEF’s headquarters, as well as the federations of Andalucía, Comunidad Valenciana, Baleares, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Extremadura, Ceuta and Melilla were registered.

The investigators point out that Villar, who has been in the position for 28 years, charged commissions for holding the national team matches and used his position to hire services and other business relationships for the benefit of his son, a lawyer who is an expert in law. sports and in front of several companies where amounts of money were diverted.

The four will testify Monday before judge Santiago Pedraz, who will decide whether to release them or send them to provisional detention

After dodging several corruption scandals in recent years, such as the FIFA case, Ángel María Villar, 67, was arrested in an investigation that was initiated following a complaint by the Superior Council of Sports (CSD) presented in 2016.

The suspicions about the management of the federative leaders started from an audit of the CSD that revealed that a debt of 24 million euros had not been collected by the Samper company for the audiovisual rights of the national team matches.

But, in addition to not collecting that debt, when the Federation decided to break with Santa Mónica in 2013 the entity of Villar would have compensated the company with more than 20 million euros.

These irregularities would have been appreciated by the audit of the CSD and, given the refusal of the Federation to give explanations, the then head of the Council, Miguel Cardenal, decided to denounce the facts.

It was the trigger for an investigation of the UCO and the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office that resulted in the four arrests , including that of Juan Padrón, to which the investigators grant a decisive role in the corrupt practices of the Federation.

Among them, some would affect the federations of Andalusia, Valencia, Balearic Islands, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Extremadura, Ceuta and Melilla, some of whose presidents have already testified before the UCO although they have not been arrested.

They were allowed to contract with companies in their environment or their property, with which they obtained their own benefit and even diverted funds from the Federation.

The suspicion is that, in return, Villar secured his support in the successive elections.

The suspicion is that, in exchange, Villar secured his support in the successive elections

Other practices would have been directly orchestrated by Villar and his son Gorka, responsible for the sports advisory company Sports Advisers SL.

In this case, they profited directly by organizing friendlies of the Spanish team in its most laureate stage, in which its cache was very high.

It was contacted with selections from other countries, the parties were agreed and they lowered part of the cache in exchange for that money going to Gorka’s company.

The investigations have no doubt about one of the games, the one that faced Spain against South Korea in 2012 in preparation for the European Championship that won the Spanish national team.

But more cases are investigated , some of them in Latin America, where Gorka Villar directed the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

These are just some of the alleged corrupt practices investigated by the UCO and the Office of the Prosecutor , because of the records and the documents intervened in the operation Soule have found “much of what to throw”, according to the sources consulted by Efe.