Spanish soccer federation president Villar to lead FIFA panel selecting World Cup referees


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MADRID — The Spanish soccer federation says its president will again become chairman of the FIFA referees committee.

Angel Maria Villar is set to replace fellow FIFA vice president Jim Boyce of Northern Ireland, who will step down from the governing body's executive committee this month.

Boyce oversaw training and selection of match officials for the World Cup in Brazil after taking over from Villar in 2013.

FIFA declined to comment on possible appointments, which will be confirmed after its annual congress on May 29.

Villar was re-elected as a vice president of FIFA and UEFA in March. He was unopposed for both positions despite facing sanctions from the FIFA ethics committee in its investigation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

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