Fifa’s senior vice-president dies at age of 82



The Argentine, second only to president Sepp Blatter in the Fifa hierarchy, was hospitalised in Buenos Aires on Wednesday with cardiac failure and later died, the governing body said. 

Grondona had been head of the Argentine FA (AFA) since 1979 and a member of Fifa’s executive committee since 1988.

Julio Grondona

Writing on Twitter,  Blatter said he was “sad for the loss of a great friend”.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) confirmed Grondona’s death in a statement, adding that he would be remembered for “giving his country recognition in football”. The AFA responded to the news by announcing the postponement of all matches in Argentina’s domestic leagues this weekend as a mark of respect.

The governing body also announced a halt to all administrative functions until Monday, meaning a press conference at…

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