Former CONMEBOL head Leoz under house arrest in Paraguay after indictment in FIFA scandal

Former CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz (R) faces charges in the United States after being indicted as part of the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal.


ASUNCION, Paraguay

A judge in Paraguay says the former president of the South American Football Confederation has been placed under house arrest amid FIFA’s corruption scandal.

Judge Humberto Otazu also said Monday that 86-year-old Nicolas Leoz is expected to be released later in the day from a hospital in the Paraguayan capital where he is being treated for high blood pressure.

Leoz is one of several former and current top soccer officials named in a FIFA corruption investigation.

The Paraguayan foreign ministry has received a note from the United States Embassy requesting Leoz’s arrest and seeking his extradition.

Lawyer Fernando Barriocanal said his client is in good spirits and ready to defend himself when the time right time comes.

Leoz was president of the federation, known as CONMEBOL, from 1986 to 2013.