CONMEBOL Deny Leoz Knighthood Request in FIFA WC Vote

May 10, 2011

South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), has denied reports that its President, Nicolas Leoz, asked for a knighthood in return for supporting England’s bid to host the World Cup in 2018 after reports were made by newspaper the Sunday Times.

The organisation’s spokesman, Nestor Benitez, said: “The publication in London’s [Sunday Times] is pure fantasy, as well as being sick.

“The South American Football Confederation maintained and confirmed at all times that its votes [during the 2018 World Cup bid process] were for Spain [and Portugal] and for no other country.”

The suggestion came as another blow to the image of the much maligned world soccer governing body, FIFA, after Leoz had claimed that Prince William had invited him to his wedding to Kate Middleton. The Paraguayan maintains this claim and say he had turned down the offer because the event clashed with CONMEBOL’s bi-annual congress.

Prince William’s spokesman Paddy Harverson had claimed last week that no invitations to the wedding had been issued to anyone from FIFA.