FOREIGN Minister Jose Manuel Margallo has formally confirmed that Maria Villar the niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has been killed by kidnappers in Mexico although it is understood that her family had paid a ransom for her release.
Her body was discovered in the city of Toluca, where she was kidnapped over a week ago as she was withdrawing money from a cash machine.
This sad news may have been the reason that her uncle withdrew from the elections to appoint a new president of UEFA just a few days ago.
Mr Margallo is quoting as saying “The ransom demand had been paid, although less than the kidnappers were demanding and we thought she was going to be released safe and well, and unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. It’s very sad news and totally unexpected.”
He added that the woman’s husband and a cousin had flown to Mexico with two Spanish detectives in a bid to obtain her release but were clearly unsuccessful.