Seeing no sign Villar was willing to step down, Spain’s government decided to remove him.
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Spain suspends longtime football president after arrestOne week after his arrest in a corruption probe, Angel Maria Villar's three-decade reign of the Spanish Football Federation came to an end Tuesday when he was suspended from its presidency.Council President Jose Ramon Lete said the 14-member board voted unanimously to suspend Villar and federation Vice President of Economic Affairs Juan Padron, also arrested in the Civil Guard's "Operation Soule".In a 44-page ruling that included several quotes from phone taps carried out by police, Pedraz detailed why state prosecutors allege Villar used his influence as federation president to funnel private and public funds into regional federations in exchange for votes to remain in power for eight consecutive terms.
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