Prime Minister Rajoy confident of Spain's participation in World Cup

16 December, 2017, 18:55 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • CRISTINA QUICLER  AFP

Concerned about the independence of the Spanish soccer federation, FIFA said Friday it will send a delegation to the country to investigate government meddling.

FIFA's rules clearly state that: "Each member must manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in their affairs". According to FIFA, the NSC interference in RFEF affairs is against the global federation's rules. "We underline that we all want the national team to participate in the 2018 World Cup, especially after its brilliant qualifying campaign", Said FIFA.

But the scare was big enough for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to say that Spain will not miss soccer's biggest event.

Spain's participation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia could be under threat after FIFA raised concerns about political interference within the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

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A statement from Federation Internationale de Football Association said: "A joint delegation from Federation Internationale de Football Association and Uefa will travel to Madrid in the near future to observe and analyse the situation that the RFEF is going through".

Villar was arrested on July 18 after raids on several offices in Madrid linked to the organization provided evidence of corruption, Spanish police said.

"Nobody is going to kick Spain out of the World Cup, it is something impossible and we have not spoken about it to Federation Internationale de Football Association", said acting RFEF president, Juan Larrea in the Spanish press. Critics of Villar argue that elections are needed to make a clean start for the institution that has been tarnished by the scandal.

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