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FIFA, UEFA Query Spanish FA Amid Corruption Arrests

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March 28, (THEWILL)- FIFA and UEFA have written to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) requesting urgent details after arrests in a corruption probe last week in Spain. The world and European governing bodies expressed concern over the nature of the allegations in a joint letter to RFEF Interim President, Pedro Rocha.

Authorities arrested seven individuals, including searching the homes of former RFEF president, Luis Rubiales, over a multimillion-pound deal to host the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Rubiales, who was fired in September amid a separate scandal, denies any wrongdoing. However, prosecutors seek a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence over allegations that he kissed a player without consent after Spain’s 2023 Women’s World Cup victory.

The letter from FIFA Secretary General, Mattias Grafstrom and UEFA’s Theodore Theodoridis, demands to know who specifically is under investigation and what the next steps are. With Spain jointly bidding for the 2030 World Cup with Portugal and Morocco, the Federations want clarity on the RFEF’s plans to elect a permanent president to replace Rubiales.

Interim leader Rocha vowed the RFEF would fully cooperate with investigations, stating: “We will stop at nothing to purge any existing questionable conduct.” An external forensic audit will examine all contracts during Rubiales’ tenure.

As one of world football’s heavyweights, the corruption cloud hangs over the Spanish federation at a crucial juncture ahead of the 2030 World Cup bid evaluation.

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