Spanish football boss dismisses graft allegations as ‘falsehoods’

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LAS ROZAS DE MADRID, Spain, July 24, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Spanish Football
Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales dismissed allegations that he tried
to finance work on his house through the union of players he chaired as
“falsehoods”.

Radio Cadena SER, which first reported the story, said Monday that a court
in Valencia opened a preliminary inquiry after a complaint from Miguel Angel
Galan, a former leadership candidate for the RFEF.

Rubiales, president of the RFEF since May, would owe 120,000 euros
($140,000) to an architect for the work on his house, according to Cadena
SER.

But he reportedly proposed to pay part of his personal debt with money
which was meant to be used for a construction project for the Spanish
Players’ Union (AFE).

The local courts of the Valencia region confirmed to AFP the filing of the
complaint, but refused to comment on the opening of a preliminary
investigation.

“I don’t discuss falsehoods,” Rubiales told reporters when asked about the
report on the sidelines of a meeting of the RFEF in Las Rozas de Madrid on
the outskirts of the Spanish capital attended by FIFA president Gianni
Infantino and UEFA head Aleksander Ceferin.

“I am truly… satisfied with the behaviour which I have had throughout my
life,” added Rubiales as he stood flanked by Infantino who asked reporters to
concentrate on “football”.

“I have been suffering falsehoods for a while but my path is that of work
and the truth and the rest honestly does not worry me, they are issues which
are in the courts.”

The AFE said Monday in a statement that it had “not financed any personal
work for Luis Rubiales”.

Daily newspaper El Mundo reported Tuesday that the architect who carried
out the work for Rubiales had also filed a complaint over his debt to her,
and because he allegedly hit her in a taxi.

Rubiales, 40, took over at the RFEF from Angel Maria Villar, who was
implicated in a corruption case, and played a key part in the sacking of
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup last month.

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