May 29, 2015 / 7:20 PM / 2 years ago

South American federation says it'll keep 2018 World Cup slots

A private security guard walks outside Dr. Nicolas Leoz Convention Center, near the headquarters of South America's soccer confederation, CONMEBOL, in Luque on the outskirts of Asuncion, May 27, 2015.Jorge Adorno

ASUNCION (Reuters) - South America's soccer federation CONMEBOL says it has received assurances it will retain four automatic World Cup qualifying places for Russia 2018 plus its single playoff place.

"The re-elected (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter assured CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout that the quotas for the World Cup would not be touched," the organization said in a statement after the Swiss incumbent won a fifth term of office on Friday.

Reporting by Daniela Desantis, writing by Richard Lough, editing by Tony Jimenez

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