FORMER Spanish midfielder and FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar is to be investigated as part of  the corruption probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. 

The Spaniard is among five FIFA delegates who have been identified as ‘under investigation’.

German legend Franz Beckenbauer, Belgian Michel D’Hooghe  and Worawi Makudi of Thailand have also been confirmed as under investigation.

The identity of the final delegate to be investigated remains unknown.

The five men risk losing their FIFA seats within months as inevitable suspensions from all football duty will block them standing in confederation elections.

Villar made 22 appearances for La Roja between 1973 and 1979, scoring three times.

Corruption into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments – due to be held in Russia and Qatar – has lingered over FIFA since the announcement was made in 2010.

 

 

 

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