CONMEBOL president surprised by canceled FIFA meeting

LUQUE, Paraguay (AP) — The president of South American soccer body CONMEBOL has expressed his dismay at FIFA’s decision to cancel a meeting of its council in Paraguay next month.

Alejandro Domínguez said in an interview with The Associated Press at CONMEBOL’s headquarters on Wednesday that he was surprised by the reasoning offered by FIFA, which included concerns about long-distance travel in the middle of a viral outbreak in China, high costs and environmental issues.

The decision to move the council’s meeting from Asunción back to Zurich on March 20 came shortly after a renewed alliance between the South American entity and European counterpart UEFA, who have both criticized the new format of FIFA’s Club World Cup.

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