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Even Villar loyalists now demand that he stands down


Spanish State Secretary for Sport José Ramón Lete yesterday held a meeting with the respective heads of the country's regional football boards and the subsequent unanimous decision was that Ángel María Villar should resign from his position as President of Spain's Football Association (RFEF). Even those allies who had worked closely with Villar over the years (apart from the Andalusian, Aragones and Galician federations) also decided that Villar's time is up. The new incumbent may emerge from one of the three aforementioned federations with Luis Rubiales (President of the Players Association, AFE) also touted as a possible successor to Villar. Coincidentally Tebas and Rubriales fail to see eye-to.eye on many topics and already conspiracy theories abound.

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Villar's call

At the moment, the ball is in Villar's court. Will he buckle under the pressure and give in as is the objective of the well intended Lete ahead of the scheduled assembly on September 6? If not, we'll have to wait through to November 6 which is the first date that motion of censure against Villar can be introduced. Something tells me that this is the way things will play-out. Villar is a very stubborn individual and I'm inclined to think that he will not be fazed by yesterday's developments despite him standing down from his UEFA and FIFA positions.

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Conspiracy theories

It wouldn't surprise me one bit if those loyal to him are filtering every detail from these meetings and also still being guided by him. At one point in the meeting many regional presidents requested permission to meet in a smaller group (withpout Lete). Currently acting Spanish FA President Juan Luis Larrea was forced to get them back to the main meeting room and promised the regional heads that he would not stand in a bid to succeed Villar. This maybe something that isn't necessary. In the interim whilst the fall-out from the Villar case continues and a concise future succession plan yet to be implemented he's content in this brief position of power. Let's not forget he's Villar's oldest ally at the Spanish FA.