Villarreal board charged with tax offences

MADRID - The public prosecutor in Castellon has charged the members of Villarreal's board between 2004 and 2005 with tax and accounting offences, a local court said on Friday. The charges include offences against the tax authorities, accounting irregularities and falsification of commercial documents, the court said in a statement. It did not identify the board members by name or specify how many of them had been charged, and said the prosecutor was seeking to press charges against 15 others, also not identified. Villarreal president Fernando Roig, who took over in 1997, denied the charges at a news conference later on Friday. "Villarreal CF completely denies having committed any of the irregularities it is charged with, as will be proven to the relevant courts," he said, according to a summary of the conference on the club's website. Roig added that the club had paid the requisite amount of value-added tax (VAT) on 48.5 million euros of work carried out at their El Madrigal stadium. "Who knows, some people are annoyed that everything is going well at this club and I expect they were happy when they heard the reports published today in the media," he said. Neither he nor anyone else at the club would be making any further public comment on the legal proceedings, he added.