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After the 'Villarato', Larrea or Rubiales

The State Council, a respected Sanhedrin whose youngest member would have wanted to enjoy the presentation of 'El Cordobés' in Madrid, has failed in its attempts to re-run the Federation Assembly elections. Such a demand was, in my opinion, a bad idea which arose from I don't know where, when, in light of the revelations of the 'Caso Soule', some people suddenly discovered something called the 'Villarato'. This 'Villarato' consisted of a liberated system of power distribution: I give you this position and you vote for me; we share favours for each other, we push forward together and anyone who doesn't make it is an imbecile.

Villar's arrest, not the expected 'honourable exit'

I was the one who began calling it by the name 'Villarato'. Such were the shady dealings that were a secret of Punchinello that few were unaware of them. Among these, I am afraid to say, was the last minister of the department, Méndez de Vigo, today in a difficult situation. He conceived that Villar would have an 'honourable exit, after so many years in the Federation'. That intention collided with Villar's sudden arrest in the middle of the summer. It then jumped from the 'honourable exit' to the improvised rejection of the Federation Assembly elections. Fifa didn't like that and threatened to kick us, Spain, out of the World Cup. The general secretary, Fatma Samoura, then paid us a visit where we were told all had been agreed.

Larrea and Rubiales stand in line

The truth of the story is now known: they will not throw us out of the World Cup nor will they re-run the Assembly elections. We can have the party in peace. Méndez de Vigo and his sporting arm, José Ramón Lete, were being led by a stray adviser. That had an air of a dangerous 'boutade', which was happily resolved. Now we are where we were, but better. Villar is not going to have the honourable exit that he did not deserve, Fifa has scared off a repetition of the Assembly elections and two men, Larrea and Rubiales, with substance, support and courage, will vie for Villar's position at the polls.