MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay’s clubs have urged CONMEBOL to remove former national federation president Wilmar Valdez as one of delegates to the council of world governing body FIFA writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Valdez, a millionaire businessman, withdrew his bid for re-election to the AUF presidency in August after recordings emerged linking him to an illicit agreement concerning the provision of a security system in the Estadio Centenario.
The scandal subsequently enveloped other business leaders and senior politicians.
South American confederation CONMEBOL has summoned an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss whether Valdez should remain on its excecutive board and represent it at FIFA. Uruguay’s clubs are opposed.
A meeting in Montevideo empowered senior executive Pedro Bordaberry to present CONMEBOL with a letter from the clubs pointing out that Valdez has volunteered his own resignation from the AUF and thus had no status in the game.
It is understood that Valdez accepted the FIFA Council role in 2014 in exchange for refusing to contest the CONMEBOL presidency with Juan Angel Napout. Subsequently Napout was jailed in the United States on corruption offences arising out of the FIFAGate investigation.