The former president of the South American Football Confederation has been placed under house arrest amid a far-reaching corruption scandal at Fifa that has tarnished the image of world football’s governing body.
Judge Humberto Otazu also said 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, who was president of the federation, known as Conmebol, from 1986 to 2013, is one of several former and current top football officials named in a Fifa corruption investigation.
“In accordance with the seriousness of the case … it’s prudent and timely to issue the house arrest,” Judge Otazu said outside the hospital, adding that Leoz was not sent to prison because under Paraguayan law defendants over 70 years of age cannot be jailed pending a trial.
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