FIFA candidate Infantino backed by South American voters

BY foxsports • January 28, 2016


The governing body of South American soccer says it is supporting Gianni Infantino in the FIFA presidential election.

CONMEBOL says in a statement that the executive committee of the 10-nation body agreed to give unanimous support to the UEFA general secretary in the Feb. 26 election.

The endorsement comes two days after CONMEBOL elected a new president, Alejandro Dominguez of Paraguay.

Dominguez succeeded another Paraguayan, Juan Angel Napout, who was arrested in Switzerland last month and extradited to the United States to face racketeering charges in the FIFA bribery case.

Napout had previously pledged CONMEBOL's support to UEFA President Michel Platini before both were suspended by FIFA.

On Monday, Infantino was backed by the seven FIFA member federations from Central America.