Uruguay football pres resigns

Valdez - Steps down

Valdez – Steps down

Uruguay’s football association (AUF) president Wilmar Valdez resigned suddenly on Monday, following the release of compromising audio recordings, just a day before he was due to stand for re-election.

Although the exact content of the recordings is unknown, specialist media said they contained comments about sports administrators, a member of the government, sports journalists and supporters.

One of Valdez’s main rivals for the presidency, Arturo Del Campo, told local media that he’d heard the recordings five days ago, describing them as “slightly compromising Wilmar’s image.”

Valdez, though, denied they had any link to his resignation.

“This decision has been motivated solely by family and personal reasons that have nothing to do with the context of the current election,” he said in a statement published by the AUF.

“I want to stress that I was under no undue pressure, threats or extortion in making this decision.”

Valdez’s resignation leaves just two candidates for yesterday’s presidential election: farming businessman Del Campo and Eduardo Abulafia, a businessman that local media claim has close ties to controversial players’ agent Francisco Casal.

A former player with Atletico Madrid in Spain and Brazil’s Gremio, Casal’s company represents the majority of Uruguayan footballers and also owns the television rights to the Uruguayan league in the country.

In another development, Cameroon have confirmed discussions with former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to take over as coach of the Indomitable Lions.

The Swede, 70, held positive talks with Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) officials in Yaoundé last week, as they seek to fill the vacant post following the exit of Hugo Broos.

“After spending 72 hours, Sven-Goran Eriksson left Yaoundé on Saturday, July 28, 2018,” Fecafoot announced on Twitter.

“The Swedish manager was invited to Cameroon for a discussion in connection with the recruitment of a head coach for the senior national side – the Indomitable Lions.

“After the interview with Sven-Goran Eriksson and taking into account the other existing offers, Fecafoot will reveal in the next few days its choice of permanent coach for our national team,” Fecafoot added.

Eriksson, who managed England between 2001 and 2006, taking them to the World Cup quarter-finals on two occasions, was not among the 77 applicants revealed in April.– AFP

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