Police raid South American football body

Jan 08, 2016, 8:08 AM EST
Source: Cesar Bordón V./flickr
Source: Cesar Bordón V./flickr

State prosecutors in Paraguay have raided the headquarters of Conmebol, South America's football confederation, near the capital Asuncion.

The BBC writes:

They said the move was part of US-led investigations into corruption at Fifa, world football's governing body. Last month the president of Conmebol, the Paraguayan Juan Angel Napout, was extradited to the United States to face charges there. Mr Napout has pleaded not guilty to taking millions of dollars in bribes. Paraguay's state prosecution service said in a statement it was "searching for documentation related to the granting of commercial and broadcast rights for sporting events". A lawyer for the confederation, Alfredo Montanaro, said the raid was "irresponsible". "It is very strange. We have been cooperating with the judicial authorities of the United States, Uruguay and Paraguay."