October 18 – With the threat of further scandal hanging over their confederation, Uruguayan clubs have voted in favour of removing their former FA president Wilmar Valdez (pictured) from his FIFA Council role, a move that will be taken forward to Friday’s Conmebol congress for formal action by member federations.
In July Valdez resigned 48 hours before he was due to stand for re-election following the release of compromising audio recordings.
Valdez, who had been in the job for four years and was bidding for a second term, denied the recordings had any link to his resignation.
“This decision has been motivated solely by family and personal reasons that have nothing to do with the context of the current election,” he explained in a statement released by the federation.
“I want to stress that I was under no undue pressure, threats or extortion in making this decision.”
But he now faces the prospect of becoming the latest South American football strongman to be forced out, having been appointed to FIFA Council in January 2016 after withdrawing his candidacy for the CONMEBOL presidency. Reports suggest Conmebol are lining up Argentina’s federation chief Claudio Tapia to replace him on Friday.
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