Spaniard begins push for UEFA presidency on same day his son leaves CONMEBOL post

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Spanish UEFA vice-president Angel Maria Villar announced his candidacy to replace Michel Platini as head of UEFA on Tuesday.

Villar submitted his bid for the presidency just a day before the deadline. The election will take place September 14. He will run against Slovenian football association boss Aleksander Ceferin, as well as fellow UEFA vice-president Michael van Praag, who ran for the FIFA presidency before backing out days before the election to back Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

The 66-year-old, who is also the head of the Spanish football federation, does not have a squeaky clean resume as an executive. Villar was issued a fine and a warning by FIFA in November after failing to cooperate with the organization’s investigation into the corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

On the same day, Villar’s son Gorka Villar left his position as director general of CONMEBOL by “common accord” the South American federation announced.

The younger Villar took over the position when the three men ahead of him in the pecking order were forced to step down amid corruption allegations by the U.S. Justice Department. He was accused in January by a former official of extorting Uruguayan clubs with threatening notes and making use of his father’s influence.