Spain’s UEFA vice-president Angel Villar Llona failed to help FIFA probe

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Spain’s UEFA vice-president Angel Villar Llona has been fined 25,000 Swiss francs for failing to cooperate with an investigation into the 2018 World Cup bidding process.

Villar Llona, the senior vice-president in UEFA, has also been warned by FIFA’s ethics committee but has escaped a ban.

A statement from the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee said: “Mr Villar Llona failed to behave in accordance with the general rules of conduct applicable to football officials in the context of the investigations conducted by the then chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee regarding the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bids.

“As he subsequently expressed his commitment to collaborate and demonstrated a willingness to cooperate, he has been sanctioned with a warning and a fine of CHF 25,000.”

American lawyer Michael Garcia carried out an investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids – Spain and Portugal bid jointly for 2018 along with England, Belgium/Holland jointly and eventual winners Russia.

Villar Llona initially refused to co-operate but later did so. However, no details about the results of Garcia’s probe into Spain and Portugal’s bid were released by ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in his initial findings which criticised England for their efforts to woo disgraced former Caribbean football chief Jack Warner.

Two members if the Congolese Football Association, its vice-president Jean Guy Blaise and general secretary Badji Mombo Wantete, have been banned for six months for offering cash gifts at this year’s FIFA Congress.

FIFA’s ethics committee would not give further details, but said in a statement: “Taking into consideration that they have already been suspended provisionally for 135 days, the remaining ban to be served will be 45 days as from the notification of this decision.”

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by The News Editor

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