Longtime FIFA official Leoz, indicted in US, dies at 90

Pedro Servín

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Nicolás Leoz, a long-time South American football executive and FIFA official who had been under house arrest in Paraguay fighting extradition to the United States (US), has died. He was 90.

Leoz’s lawyer, Ricardo Preda, told The Associated Press his client died on Wednesday after a cardiac arrest linked to age-related ailments.

Leoz, under house arrest for the last four years, was indicted in 2015 in the US Justice Department’s sweeping investigation of bribery and financial corruption linked to broadcasting and sponsorship rights for football competitions, including the Copa Libertadores.

South American football body CONMEBOL announced Leoz’s death on Twitter. Leoz had served as president of the Paraguay-based organisation from 1986-2013.