RFEF presidential candidate Rubiales files no-confidence motion
Luis Rubiales, the former president of the AFE, the Spanish footballers’ union, has filed a motion of no-confidence in the RFEF, the national soccer federation, as part of his campaign to become its next leader.
In a statement on Thursday, Rubiales (pictured, right) said that the the motion of censure against the acting RFEF president Juan Luis Larrea, who replaced the suspended Angel Maria Villar in July, was in line with the road map set out by the CSD, Spain’s High Council of Sports, for new elections, and “unanimously supported by all the representatives of Spanish soccer.”
The statement added: “Today, Luis Rubiales takes his first step, assuming his commitment and responsibility, in a convinced manner, with transparency and, above all, complying with the law.”
A date for new elections has yet to be set.
Rubiales has already stepped down as head of the AFE to pursue his presidential ambitions at the RFEF, which is in a state of flux following the suspension of the long-serving Villar who is facing corruption charges, but has yet to officially step down.
Larrea criticised Rubiales for presenting the motion to the board yesterday, saying “it was not the time,” and asked for the names of those who had endorsed him, a request which was rejected.
As he left the RFEF headquarters near Madrid, Rubiales told reporters: "This is starting to run, we don't know the day it will end, but I am very satisfied."
He added he was complying with the road map laid down by José Ramón Lete, the head of the CSD, which set 22 November as a deadline.
He added: “Now the Electoral Commission has to validate the signatures presented, then wait for the assembly to be convened by the president. If my calculations are not wrong, it would be November 29, and from there we will know if there is a date for voting.”
Villar, his son Gorka, Juan Padron, the RFEF vice-president for economic affairs and the president of the regional federation for Tenerife, and Ramon Hernandez, the secretary of the Tenerife federation, were arrested on 18 July on charges of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents.
Villar subsequently stepped down as a senior vice-president of Fifa and a vice-president of Uefa.
He has headed up the Spanish federation since 1988 and was re-elected, to serve an eighth term, in May of this year.