The organization announced that it already has 55 million dollars that came mostly from accounts in Switzerland and Paraguay.
Conmebol agreed on Wednesday to extend the work to recover the funds appropriated by some of its former leaders, which to date have reached the 55 million dollars, mostly from the Swiss and Paraguayan accounts of Nicolas Leoz, former president of the entity, and of Eduardo Deluca, former secretary general.
In the framework of the 73rd ordinary Congress of Conmebol, its president, Alejandro Domínguez, presented the report of the process that led to the restitution of those funds, which in October were quantified at 53.5 million dollars, to which were added 1.5 million dollars returned in recent days, according to the agency.
After the approval of this accountability report, Congress voted in favor of Domínguez’s motion for the renewal of the mandate agreed in the 2017 Congress, in Santiago, Chile, by which the president and his team of collaborators were urged to recover illegally appropriated money from South American football.
The recovery of those 55 million dollars sets, according to the Conmebol statement, a “valuable precedent” that also “opened the way for other institutions, including FIFA, to achieve similar objectives.”
“I made the promise (when taking office) to do justice beyond the judicial system, to renew the institution, to generate value beyond what was known and to reinvest that value, to give football back what football is. And in all these pillars we have worked intensely “, expressed Domínguez.
Leoz, a Paraguayan national, died in August 2019, at the age of 91, after directing Conmebol between 1986 and 2013 and remaining under house arrest since May 2015 at his residence in Asunción. The former leader was facing a judicial process with the Supreme Court of Justice of his country in order to avoid his extradition to the United States to be tried for corruption, within the framework of the irregular diversion of funds within the framework of the FIFAgate. Between 2000 and 2015, almost 130 million dollars were embezzled or transferred in suspicious operations from Conmebol accounts, according to a forensic audit released at the 67th ordinary Congress of the entity.
Deluca, meanwhile, was disabled in perpetuity by the FIFA Ethics Committee in November 2019, convicting him of bribery and violating the organization’s Code of Ethics.
In another order of the ordinary Congress held this Wednesday by videoconference, Domínguez highlighted the work carried out to enable the safe return of the international Conmebol tournaments.
In this regard, Domínguez pointed out that Conmebol was the only confederation that restarted its competitions without altering the format and maintaining high sporting standards.