Leoz to be extradited to US to face corruption charges

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Nicolas Leoz, the former head of the South American football confederation, is being extradited to the United States to face corruption charges linked to FIFA.

A Paraguay appeals court approved the extradition on Tuesday.

Leoz has been under house arrest in his native Paraguay since being indicted by U.S. authorities in May, charged with taking millions in bribes as the head of CONMEBOL, and as a member of FIFA's executive committee.

Leoz headed CONMEBOL from 1986-2013. His successors, Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, have also been indicted by U.S. authorities.

Figueredo remains in a Swiss jail, and Napout has consented to extradition to the U.S.

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