Villar pulls out of UEFA race due to lack of support
A number of major European countries, including France, Russia and Germany, have given their vote to the Slovenian candidate.
Villar drops out of UEFA presidential race
Ángel María Villar, president of the Spanish football federation, has decided to pull out of the race to be president of UEFA in the elections to be held in Athens next week.
Villar lacked support
Villar took the decision after realising he would be unable to gather enough votes to win, and faced with a lack of confidence in his campaign from the major European federations, including France, Russia and Germany, who have indicated they will vote for Slovenian candidate Alekxander Ceferin.
Villar looks to continue in Spain
By dropping out Villar now has a clear run for the elections to the presidency of the Spanish Federation, which are likely to be held on 20 December, where he will be standing for re-election.
He has now headed up the Spanish Federation for 28 years.