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MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. UEFA’s First Vice President Angel Maria Villar, who was elected on Tuesday to chair the FIFA committee for organizing the 2018 World Cup Championship, was placed on the list of suspects in the FIFA corruption case for his refusal to give evidence, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Wednesday.
Reports saying Villar had been placed on the list of suspects came on Wednesday.
Villar and former German football legend Franz Beckenbauer are among the eleven international football officials who are under investigation in connection with alleged corruption in FIFA. The other officials are FIFA President Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke, UEFA President Michel Platini, as well as Worawi Makudi, Jeffrey Webb, Ricardo Teixeira, Amos Amadu, Eugenio Figueredo, and Nicolas Leoz.
"There are no questions to him (Villar - TASS)," said Mutko, who is a member of the FIFA Executive Board. "That’s his personal stance. Villar was a great footballer when he played for the Spanish national team. He stood at the head of the Spanish football federation and he is a member of FIFA."
"What kind of questions can there be to him?" Mutko asked with a somewhat rhetoric note. "He has been dedicated to football throughout his whole life."