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 provincial federation, Ramón Hernández Baussou.
The four will testify today 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.
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.