$10m Pintos legal case forces Conmebol into talks on relocating Paraguayan HQ

Conmebol HQ

February 16 – Conmebol is reportedly considering moving its headquarters out of Paraguay, where it has resided since 1986, after losing a $10 million lawsuit.

Journalist Ismael Antonio Pintos, who worked for Conmebol for several years, has won a legal dispute for damages during the period where Conmebol was run by the regimes of past presidents Nicolás Leoz, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Angel Napout Leoz, all of whom have been caught up in the FIFA-Gate corruption scandal.

The Pintos case goes back to 2014 when he filed a lawsuit in Brazil, his country of residence, for illegal dismissal. The courts there ruled the case should instead be heard in Paraguay where Pintos was responsible for working on a monthly programme on an Argentine channel entitled ‘The world of Conmebol’.

Conmebol no longer has diplomatic immunity in Paraguay and Alejandro Domínguez, the confederation’s current president, told a news conference after a visit to the president of Paraguay that he had handed over a letter “in which the ten South American associations are protesting (alleged) legal insecurity in Paraguay.”

“Conmebol is in danger of leaving Paraguay,” Domínguez told reporters.

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