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The Spanish football federation (RFEF) is refusing to bring forward its presidential elections, in defiance of a demand from the government.

All of Spain’s non-Olympic federations were ordered by the government to hold presidential elections before the Beijing Games, but the RFEF has refused to move its election, scheduled for November.

The RFEF lost a court appeal against the government, but members voted 116 in favour of the November date with just 26 opposed.

“The General Assembly to appoint a president will take place before November 26 when four years will have passed since the previous election,” the RFEF said in a statement.

Jose Maria Villar has been at the helm of the federation for the last 20 years and has confirmed he will run for re-election.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told RFEF that Spain faced possible expulsion from Euro 2008 if they complied with the government’s request.

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