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CONMEBOL removes Wilmar Valdez from his FIFA Council role

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) South American soccer's governing body has removed the former head of the Uruguayan federation from his FIFA Council role.

CONMEBOL announced the decision to remove Wilmar Valdez on Friday during a meeting in the Chilean capital. It announced Argentine Football Federation President Claudio Tapia as Valdez's interim replacement.

Valdez had been on the FIFA Council since 2016. He quit the presidency of the Uruguayan federation in July, a day before he was to stand for re-election, after the release of audio recordings in which he spoke about bribes. Authorities are investigating the case, which also involves other soccer and government officials.

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