Zurich — FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar has been
warned and fined 25,000 Swiss francs ($25,000) for misconduct during the
2018-2022 World Cup bid investigation.
The FIFA ethics committee says the Spanish soccer federation
president "failed to behave in accordance with the general rules of
Villar at first refused to cooperate with then-FIFA ethics
prosecutor Michael Garcia and later tried to have the American lawyer thrown
off the case.
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FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert imposed a lighter sanction
because Villar later "demonstrated a willingness to cooperate."
Villar was previously suspected of orchestrating a
rule-breaking voting pact between the Spain-Portugal bid to host the 2018 World
Cup and 2022 winner Qatar.
The ethics panel also imposed six-month bans on Congolese
officials Jean Guy Mayolas and Badji Wantete for misconduct.For
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