The Tribunal Administrativo del Deporte (TAD), the Spain's administrative court for sport, last Friday dismissed Ángel María Villar as president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), a post from which he was suspended for a year following his arrest in July on allegations of collusion, embezzlement and falsifying documents.
The decision was taken after the TAD considered Villar to have jeopardised the upcoming elections for RFEF president by putting publicly forward his candidacy for reelection despite being president of the managing committee. “Those who submit their candidacy to be part of the governing body may not be members of the management committee,” the laws state.
On 6 April, Villar signed a letter that was addressed to all regional presidents and it labelled him as a pre-candidate for the elections for the RFEF presidency. The tribunal court has found that this act would in fact break the law.
The ruling means that acting RFEF president, Juan Luis Larrea, also takes over as president of the managing committee and is charged with calling new elections before 29 January 2018.