Yerevan, 22.April.2019,

Fifa: Nicolas Leoz faces arrest as Enrique Sanz is suspended

One senior official has been provisionally banned while another prominent figure faces house arrest in the fall-out from the Fifa scandal. Governing body Fifa suspended Enrique Sanz, general secretary of Concacaf, from all football-related activities. Concacaf governs the game in North and Central America plus the Caribbean. A judge ordered the arrest of Nicolas Leoz, ex-head of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), amid corruption claims surrounding Fifa. Leoz, head of Conmebol for 27 years, is wanted by US authorities and will be put under house arrest in his native Paraguay as part of the extradition process requested by the US, Judge Humberto Otazu said. Fifa, football's governing body, is dealing with a crisis after seven officials were detained last week by the US Department of Justice on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. The association's general secretary, Jerome Valcke, has pulled out of a planned trip to the opening of the Women's World Cup in Canada on Saturday in order to "deal with the current situation" although president Sepp Blatter still intends to travel to the final. Colombian Sanz's provisional ban is the latest to relate to Concacaf after its president Jeffrey Webb was arrested last week. In tandem with the seven arrests in Switzerland last Wednesday, the US Department of Justice also raided the headquarters of Concacaf in Miami. The following day, Sanz - who had held his post since 2012 - was placed on an immediate leave of absence by the confederation. Fifa stated the action taken against him was "on the basis of investigations carried out by the Fifa ethics committee and the latest facts presented by the US attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York". The Congolese Football Association has also had two officials provisionally banned. Vice-president Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas and general secretary Badji Mombo Wantete were suspended "based on the fact that various breaches of the Fifa code of ethics appear to have been committed by said officials".
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