FIFA and CONMEBOL to audit Bolivia Football Federation

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — CONMEBOL and FIFA will audit the finances of the Bolivian Football Federation, whose leader was jailed for alleged corruption, the president of South America's soccer confederation said on Wednesday.

Juan Angel Napout said the audit will be carried out through a private company. He spoke to The Associated Press from the Paraguayan capital that is home to CONMEBOL headquarters.

In July, Bolivia's Football Federation head Carlos Chavez was jailed at Bolivia's notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz on charges he diverted funds from a charity match. Napout said Chavez will be temporarily replaced by Argentine Football Association President Luis Segura.

Napout also said CONMEBOL's executive committee will meet in Asuncion Oct. 10 to examine a preliminary report by a U.S. law firm reviewing CONMEBOL's contracts with companies accused in the U.S. as part of a corruption investigation at FIFA, soccer's international governing body.

"We plan to make big reforms to CONMEBOL, but we need to know the opinion of these lawyers first," Napout said, adding that the contracts were signed before he took over as president last year.

The U.S. Justice Department has indicted 14 soccer officials and businessmen on charges of bribery, racketeering, and money laundering. Among them are two former CONMEBOL presidents, who are fighting extradition to the U.S.

Napout told the AP in a July interview that CONMEBOL needed "total and absolute change," after it became engulfed in the FIFA corruption scandal.

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