President of the Spanish Football Federation [RFEF] Angel Maria Villar is under pressure to justify a loan given to Recreativo Huelva.
AS reports Villar has asked the Sports Council [CSD] for an extra 72 hours before presenting his reasons for the loan to the body, but has been given 48 hours instead.
The CSD is investigating money paid to Recreativo that allowed the club to pay off a debt owed to former Coach Jose Luis Oltra that then allowed the club to re-enter the transfer market.
It’s alleged that Villar breached regulations in sanctioning the loan of €200,000 from RFEF funds and, if found to have acted improperly, he won’t be able to stand for re-election as President in April’s elections.
Villar is said to have asked for more time before appearing in front of the CSD as he is looking for a legal defence for the loan, having previously admitted it was given to Recre.
“If I helped Recreativo it is for the simple reason that they are the ‘dean’ of Spanish football and needed help from the Federation, which represents Spanish football. We couldn’t let them fail,” Villar is quoted as saying.
The CSD has also asked for information on the distribution of gate receipts from the Spain-Belarus fixture of November 2014, played at Recreativo’s Nuevo Colombino.
AS says the tax office is also looking into the take from the match to establish if there was any tax fraud involved.
Villar has been President of the RFEF for the past 28 years.