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Ex-RFEF boss Rubiales detained by police in corruption probe - ESPN

Former Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales was detained by police on Wednesday after returning to Spain as part of a corruption probe into the deal to move the Spanish Supercopa to Saudi Arabia.

Rubiales was in the Dominican Republic on March 21 when raids were conducted on an apartment belonging to him in Granada — in addition to the RFEF's headquarters in Madrid — but he had pledged to return to Spain on his pre-booked flight on April 6.

However, he voluntarily returned to his homeland early on Wednesday, where police were waiting to question him at Madrid-Barajas airport when he landed.

Almost an hour after arriving in the Spanish capital, Rubiales was taken into custody for further questioning by the police's Central Operational Unit department (UCO), a source told ESPN, stressing that his arrest had not been ordered by the judge in charge of the case.

Rubiales has denied any wrongdoing in the deal to take the Supercopa to the Gulf nation, telling La Sexta in an interview due to be aired on Wednesday that his money is «the product of my work and savings.»

The 2019 agreement to move the competition away from Spain, which was brokered by Rubiales and former Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué's company Kosmos, was for an initial three-year period and worth €120 million ($129.2m). It has since been extended until 2029.

It was a decision that angered Spanish football traditionalists by expanding the contest between the league champions and Copa del Rey winners to a four-team format, shifting the event from August to January, and hosting it outside the country.

As an active player at the time, Piqué's involvement was also called into question given a possible conflict of interest, although both the

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