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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested on Tuesday in an anti-corruption investigation. Villar is the FIFA’s senior vice-president and a UEFA vice-president.

Villar, along with his son and two others, were arrested during a raid on the federation’s headquarters. The law enforcement authorities allege that Villar arranged matches involving Spain that led to business deals, which benefited his son, Gorka, according to the office of the state prosecutor, whose in charge of the investigation.

Spanish Civil Guard policemen stand guard outside the Spanish Football Federation headquarters during an anti-corruption operation in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Spanish Civil Guard policemen stand guard outside the Spanish Football Federation headquarters during an anti-corruption operation in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Hours after their arrest, Villar was led back into the Madrid office by police agents. It’s not clear what he was doing back there except possibly helping the law enforcement authorities with their investigation.

Juan Padron and Ramon Hernandez are the two other men arrested in this anti-corruption case. Padron was the federation’s vice-president of economic affairs and the president of the regional federation for Tenerife.

Hernandez is the secretary of the regional federation. They were all charges with improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents, as a part of the probe.

“We have taken note of the media reports concerning the situation of Mr. Villa Liona,” FIFA said. “As the matter seems to be linked to internal affairs of the Spanish Football Association, for the time-being, we kindly refer you to them for further details.”

The operation was called “Soule,” included raids on the Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters, its regional soccer federation on the island of Tenerife along with businesses and homes of the “arrested individuals.”

The probe has been ongoing since early 2016.

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