October 30, 2018 / 12:47 PM / 13 days ago

RPT-Soccer-Spanish FA vice president arrested as part of corruption investigation

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MADRID, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Spanish FA Vice President Andreu Subies was arrested on Tuesday morning as part of a police operation that also saw former president Angel Maria Villar resign on corruption charges.

Subies, the former president of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF), joined the FA (RFEF) in May after Luis Rubiales was appointed president.

“Subies has been detained as part of an active investigation into the diversion of money from the Catalan Football Federation to private ends,” a Spanish police spokesman told Reuters.

Along with Subies, a member of the FCF was arrested on Tuesday as part of Operation Soule.

“The RFEF expresses the utmost respect for the legal actions, following the events that took place this morning,” said Spain’s football governing body in a statement.

“(We) want to highlight the necessary respect for the presumption of innocence.” (Reporting by Rik Sharma; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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