(WFI) The head of Paraguay’s football federation has added another job to his resume. Alejandro Dominguez on Tuesday was elected the new president of CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American soccer.
The 44-year-old Dominguez takes over from his compatriot Juan Angel Napout, who was arrested in December and charged by U.S. prosecutors as part of a widespread corruption investigation surrounding FIFA. Napout has been extradited to the U.S.
All told, the past three CONMEBOL presidents have been arrested as part of the ongoing scandal.
The governing body of football for North and Central America and the Caribbean, is one step closer to implementing comprehensive changes to its structure in a bid to prevent further corruption and fraud .
The executive committee of CONCACAF on Monday officially recommended the package of reforms and amendments to its members. Among the changes being called for are the introduction of ethics checks and term limits and the replacement of the current Executive Committee with a CONCACAF Council.
CONCACAF says the changes, which incorporate recommendations made by the FIFA Reform Committee and commitments made in the CONCACAF Reform Framework from last July, will be discussed ahead of the confederation’s 21st Extraordinary Congress and will be voted on by the members in Zurich on Feb. 25.
The specific reforms include the establishment of an up to 15-member CONCACAF Council which would include representation from all three geographic regions (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) within CONCACAF as well as a requirement that three of the members are independent.
Other changes include the creation of a number of independent committees covering auditing and compliance, compensation, finance and governance. The members of both the committees and the CONCACAF Council would be limited to terms of twelve years, whether served consecutively or non-consecutively.
All candidates for positions in CONCACAF will be subject to ethics checks by an independent ethics committee. The new package of reforms also calls for the right to audit member federations to ensure that they are not spending CONCACAF money improperly. Finally, compensation packages for confederation executives would be reviewed and approved on a yearly basis.
All these proposed changes for the 41-member confederation come after a series of embarrassing scandals which reached its zenith in 2015. CONCACAF was at the heart of a U.S.-led investigation into football corruption that resulted in the arrest of former president Jeffrey Webb last May and his successor, Alfredo Hawit in December. CONCACAF is currently without a president.
By INSIDER Gerard Farek
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