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Influential FIFA executive committee member Nicolas Leoz resigned from his role on Tuesday, citing health reasons.

The 84-year-old Paraguayan has undergone a number of heart operations in the past. He has been president of CONMEBOL, football’s governing body in Latin America, since 1986, and has been a member of the powerful executive committee at football’s global governing body since 1998.

“I have invited you to this meeting to share with you my retirement from… FIFA,” Leoz told reporters. “I’m announcing my retirement from all FIFA committees because it’s important for my life. A very important committee is the organising committee for the 2014 World Cup but important reasons prevent me from staying in that position. I still have good mental health but physically I’m often impeded. I feel very happy because I’m retiring with the tranquillity and knowledge of having done a sincere, honest job.”

FIFA stated that it had “taken note of the formal resignation of Nicolas Leoz as a member of the FIFA executive committee and as president of CONMEBOL for health and personal reasons”. The governing body added: “In accordance with FIFA statutes CONMEBOL will now have to decide immediately on the replacement of Nicolas Leoz as one of its representatives on the FIFA executive committee.”

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