Dominguez elected South American Football Confederation President

Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:20pm EST
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By Daniela Desantis

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez was elected president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Tuesday and immediately vowed to revamp an organization decimated over the last year by the arrest of its top officials.

"This crisis is the deepest that Conmebol has ever had to face," Dominguez said after being elected unanimously with all 10 votes.

"The irregular, inadequate and immoral ways of the organization in our continent demands that we take exemplary decisions.

"I know there can be no more bad practices in our commercial deals. No more corrupt and unacceptable (practices), no more benefits to individual interests over football."

Dominguez takes over from interim president Wilmar Valdez, who replaced Juan Angel Napout in December after he was arrested in Zurich as part of the crackdown on football corruption.

Dominguez, 44, was also elected a FIFA vice president and Argentine Luis Segura was elected as CONMEBOL's representative on FIFA's Executive Committee.

"The big commitment is to restore CONMEBOL's credibility,” Dominguez told reporters. "We want to get back to the essence of football, it's values and fair play."

Three of CONMEBOL's last four elected presidents have come from landlocked Paraguay and Dominguez will seek to bring stability to the organization after months of turmoil involving arrests and resignations.   Continued...

Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez addresses the media after he was unanimously elected President of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Tuesday after his only rival withdrew his candidacy, in Luque, Paraguay, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Valdez