Napout officially out as CONMEBOL president following arrest

Napout officially out as CONMEBOL president following arrest

ASCUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Juan Angel Napout has officially resigned Friday as the head of South American soccer after being arrested last week in Switzerland on corruption charges issued by U.S. authorities.

The governing body CONMEBOL made the announcement at an executive committee meeting in the Paraguayan capital.

Napout faces charges in the United States of bribery & racketeering.

p>The last three CONMEBOL presidents are under arrest in connection with the growing FIFA corruption scandal: Napout of Paraguay, & former presidents Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay & Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay.

Vice president Wilmar Valdez of Uruguay presided over Friday's meeting. He is moreover the head of the Uruguay federation.

"Napout on Thursday sent his resignation by email through his lawyers in Switzerland," Valdez explained. "On Friday we checked to confirm the email & the executive committee accepted it."

Valdez is taking over because two other vice presidents — Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela & Sergio Jadue of Chile — are moreover being held on corruption charges.

Valdez said elections for a new president would be held Jan. 26.

Valdez declined to answer questions approximately legal matters surrounding CONMEBOL's leadership.

Source: “Associated Press”