Senior FIFA VP Villar resigns amid another corruption case

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July 28, 2017
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Angel Maria Villar Llona chairs a UEFA meeting in Zurich, Switzerland. UEFA said Thursday, July 27, 2017 vice president Angel Maria Villar, in jail in Spain on suspicion of corruption, has resigned. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

GENEVA (AP):

The corruption crisis in world football has removed another top FIFA official.

Jailed in Spain on suspicion of financial wrongdoing as head of the Spanish football federation, Angel Maria Villar has resigned his top positions at FIFA and European governing body UEFA.

FIFA confirmed yesterday that Villar resigned as its senior vice president. That followed UEFA's announcement he had left its executive committee after 25 years. He was suspended as Spanish federation president on Tuesday amid a criminal investigation into allegations of corruption.

Villar exits international football in disgrace after rising to the number two elected position at FIFA, the most senior of eight vice presidents behind president Gianni Infantino.

Despite Infantino's claim last year of the crisis ending for scandal-scarred FIFA, two colleagues on the ruling Council have resigned within three months under a cloud of suspicion.

BACK ON TRACK

"FIFA is back on track. So I

can officially inform you here, the crisis is over," Infantino told FIFA member federations in May 2016 in Mexico City at his first congress since replacing Sepp Blatter.

However, Villar follows Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, who resigned in April. The Kuwait royal left FIFA three days after he was identified in a federal court case in Brooklyn as the source of bribes paid to Asian football officials. He denies wrongdoing.

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