ASUNCION: The South American football confederation has denied reports that Alejandro Dominguez, the Paraguayan president of CONMEBOL, is wanted to testify by investigators from the FIFAGate case writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Speculation about Dominguez was sparked by a report in the Argentinian newspaper Clarin that the US authorities wished to interview Dominguez in connection with evidence given in last December’s trial of Juan Angel Napout, his CONMEBOL predecessor.
Napout was found guilty of corruption offences relating to millions of the dollars of bribes relating to marketing and broadcasting contracts involving fellow directors of CONMEBOL and other world football exeutives. He had denied wrongdoing in vain and was detained pending sentence which could reach a maximum of 60 years.
However, both the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry and CONMEBOL’s legal director, Monserrat Jimenez, denied receiving any communication concerning Dominguez.
Jimenez said: “In the case of the FIFAGate investigation we have received no requests for information. Those in charge have moved on.”
Dominguez has emerged as a strong supporter of Gianni Infantino, the president of world federation FIFA. Earlier this year Dominguez, apparently prompted from within FIFA, led a CONMEBOL proposal that the World Cup finals in Qatar should feature 48 rather than the planned 32 teams.