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Football chief under house arrest

Published 01/06/2015

Nicolas Leoz was an influential figure in Fifa, but resigned in 2013
Nicolas Leoz was an influential figure in Fifa, but resigned in 2013
Judge Humberto Otazu talking to journalists after meeting Nicolas Leoz in hospital (AP)

The former president of the South American Football Confederation has been placed under house arrest amid Fifa's corruption scandal , a judge in Paraguay has said .

Nicolas Leoz, 86, is expected to be released later in the day from a hospital in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, where he is being treated for high blood pressure, Judge Humberto Otazu said

Leoz is one of several former and current 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 right time comes.

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

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