Uruguayan Figueredo named Conmebol chief

Rio de Janeiro, April 25 (IANS) Uruguayan Eugenio Figueredo has been appointed president of South American football’s governing body Conmebol, a day after Nicolas Leoz quit the post.

Figueredo, a former chief of the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), will fill the role until elections are held in 2015, Conmebol said in a statement Wednesday, reports Xinhua.

“Following the definitive vacancy of the presidency, the vice-president is taking on the position held until now by Nicolas Leoz,” Conmebol said.

Leoz, who had heart surgery for a fourth time last December, resigned Tuesday citing health reasons.

The 84-year-old’s announcement came just days before the expected conclusion of a FIFA probe into football corruption, in which he has been implicated.

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