Spanish FA VP Santana accused of siphoning off money earmarked for new pitches

December 31 – The vice-president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has been charged with fraud in the latest corruption scandal to besmirch the federation.

Antonio Suarez Santana, right-hand man of RFEF president Luis Rubiales, has been accused of allowing a colleague at the Canary Islands Federation to pocket money that was meant to go towards building new pitches.

This is according to El Mundo, who say that the inter-island Canary Islands Federation, which Santana reportedly runs, also tricked the RFEF into a subsidy for the construction of an artificial pitch.

Rubiales has defended his comrade, who was only elected last March to fill the vacancy left by Andreu Subies who was also embroiled in corruption allegations, the same ones that  saw the RFEF’s former president and FIFA powerbroker Angel Maria Villar resign.

According to El Mundo, Rubiales has kept faith with Santana despite the accusations and the fact that he will go before the courts on January 21.

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