Favorite to succeed Rubiales indicted in corruption case

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MAJADAHONDA, Spain (Reuters) – Main candidate to succeed Luis Rubiales, the former boss of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Pedro Rocha was indicted on Thursday in connection with a corruption case.

Pedro Rocha, interim president of the RFEF, was summoned to testify on Friday before the court in Majadahonda, a town on the outskirts of Madrid, which is investigating accusations of corruption, embezzlement and money laundering allegedly committed during Luis Rubiales’ tenure as president of the RFEF.

His testimony led the judge to interrupt the proceedings to tell him that he was now part of the list of suspects and asked him to return to testify later accompanied by a lawyer, the court said.

A vote is scheduled for May 6, but Pedro Rocha could be elected as early as next week if he is the only candidate to obtain enough support to run.

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He told journalists present as he left the court that he had “a clear conscience”.

“I will explain, I know nothing about all this,” he added.

The RFEF did not respond to a request for comment.

In September, Luis Rubiales resigned as president of the RFEF before being excluded a month later by FIFA from any football-related activity for three years for having kissed player Jenni Hermoso on the mouth without her consent during Spain’s world title celebrations.

(Reporting by Elena Rodriguez, Marco Trujillo and Guillermo Martinez with contributions from Emma Pinedo and Fernando Kallas. French version Vincent Daheron)


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