Villar exit leaves two for UEFA Presidency
Spanish Football Association (RFEF) president Ángel María Villar Llona has withdrawn from next week’s presidential election at Uefa, the sport’s European governing body.
The Uefa first vice-president said that he had taken the decision after being asked to stand for re-election this year as the head of the RFEF.
“Although I have received plenty of support to continue with my campaign, I have, after a deep reflection, decided to withdraw my candidacy,” Villar (pictured) said. “There have been many representatives of Spanish football who have made their voices heard and asked me to continue working for my country’s football by submitting a new bid in the next months for my re-election as president of RFEF.”
Villar’s withdrawal leaves just two candidates in the running for the Uefa presidency – Slovenian Football Association chief Aleksandar Ceferin and the Dutch, Michael van Praag. The winner of the election, which will take place during an extraordinary congress in Athens next Wednesday, will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who resigned in May after failing in his bid to overturn a ban from football-related activity.
In November Villar was fined and warned by the adjudicatory chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee for misconduct during the bid investigation surrounding the award of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.