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South American football president resigns

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SOUTH AMERICA—South American football president Nicolas Leoz stepped down from his position on Tuesday on “health and personal” grounds. He was accused of taking bribes in the late 20th century by the sports agency ISL.

 Leoz is currently 84 years old, and has been ill for a long time.

He has been a member of FIFA executive since 1998, while also claiming the title of president of Club Libertad during the 1970s.

At a meeting, Leoz explained his retirement. “I’m announcing my retirement from all FIFA committees because it’s important for my life.” Leoz continued. “I still have good mental health but physically I’m often impeded. I feel very happy, because I’m retiring with the tranquility and knowledge of having done a sincere and honest job.”

In 2011, Football Association chairman Lord Triesman accused Leoz of demanding knighthood in return for supporting England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Leoz denied these claims. It was later reported that Leoz’s aide suggested that the England bid team be renamed in Leoz’s honor.

Responding to Leoz’s resignation, FIFA stated that, “in accordance with the FIFA statutes, Commebol will now have to decide immediately on the replacement of Nicholas Leoz as one of its representatives on the FIFA executive committee for the remaining period of office.”

By: Julia Roake

Source: Merco Press

Image: Merco Press

24 April 2013

07:00am PDT

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