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FIFA Fines Spanish Soccer Chief Over Probe Of 2018, 2022 World Cup Bids

FIFA's Ethics Committee says it has fined and warned Spanish soccer chief and FIFA official Angel Maria Villar over his conduct during an investigation into allegations of corruption during the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The committee on November 13 said Villar "failed to behave in accordance with the general rules" for soccer officials. But it did not release details about his conduct or on any particular incident that led to the $25,000 fine.

The World Cup tournaments were awarded to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 by world soccer's governing body FIFA in December 2010 after a bidding contest now being investigated by Swiss prosecutors.

Villar said on November 13 he was happy FIFA cleared his name on charges of not cooperating with the investigation. But he denied that he "lacked decorum."

FIFA was thrown into turmoil in May by U.S. indictments of 14 soccer officials.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been suspended for 90 days pending an ethics investigation.

Based on reports by Reuters, AP, and AFP