Nicolás Leoz, the controversial president of Conmebol, the South American soccer confederation, and a member of the executive committee of Fifa, soccer's world governing body, has resigned from all positions in the sport, citing "health and personal" reasons.
The 84-year-old Paraguayan, who had heart surgery for the fourth time in December, has led Conmebol since 1986 and sat on the Fifa executive committee since 1998.
Fifa said yesterday it had "taken note of the formal resignation" of Leoz, adding: "In accordance with the 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 for the remaining period of office."
Leoz was accused in a documentary shown by the BBC, the UK's public service broadcaster, in November 2010, of taking bribes in 1995 from the now-defunct sports rights agency ISL.
Leoz denied those allegations, and his resignation comes in the week that a report into ISL by Michael Garcia, Fifa's ethics investigator, is set to be made public.
In 2011, Lord Triesman, the former chairman of English soccer's governing Football Association, alleged that Leoz had asked for a knighthood in return for supporting England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
Leoz also denied those claims.
It was later reported that an aide to Leoz proposed to the England 2018 bid team that the FA Cup, the country's iconic knockout clubs' competition, should be renamed in his honour in return for him agreeing to visit England.