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Long-time FIFA legal director Villiger leaves

GENEVA (AP) FIFA's long-time legal director who was a key link to its American lawyers during federal investigations of corruption has left soccer's world body.

Marco Villiger, now the deputy secretary general for administrative matters, left the organization on Monday after more than a decade, FIFA said in a statement announcing the exit of its highest-ranking official to stay in office during recent years of turmoil.

Villiger said in FIFA's statement he was "seeking for new challenges" after a successful World Cup in Russia.