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article imageSpanish football chief's niece found dead in Mexico after kidnapping

By AFP     Sep 20, 2016 in World

A niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was found dead Tuesday in Mexico after she was abducted and held for ransom for several days, Spain's foreign minister said.

The body of the unnamed woman was found in the central city of Toluca about 60 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Mexico City after she was kidnapped on September 13, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo told radio Onda Cero.

He captors had forced her to withdraw money from bank machines and demanded money from her family to ensure her release, he added.

"An amount was paid, although a little lower than what they had asked, and we thought it would be a matter of time before she appeared safe and sound. Unfortunately things did not turn out that way," the minister said.

The woman's husband and her cousin Gorka, one of Villar's sons, had travelled to Mexico along with two Spanish police officers to try to secure her release, he added.

Villar, who has been president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation since 1988, is a former Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder who has sat on the executive committee of world football ruling body FIFA since 1998.

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