Paraguay president wants CONMEBOL immunity to be overturned

Paraguay's president is calling on Congress to overturn a law that gives immunity to the headquarters of the South American Football Federation.

A Wednesday statement from the foreign ministry said that President Horacio Cartes wants the law overturned because the federation, known as CONMEBOL, should not be afforded the same rights as an embassy.

The move comes after two former federation presidents, Nicolas Leoz and Eugenio Figueredo, were indicted in a bribery and money-laundering scheme in the FIFA investigation. Figueredo was arrested in Switzerland.

The headquarters was given the immunity in 1997, and prohibits authorities from seizing documents or freezing assets.

Leoz, who has said he will fight extradition to the U.S., was placed under house arrest following corruption allegations on Tuesday.

Leoz, 86, who was receiving care for hypertension in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, was named in the U.S. indictments which charged nine FIFA officials and five marketing executives with handling over $150 million in bribes.

The Paraguayan was in charge of football in CONMEBOL for 27 years before stepping down in 2013 and was a member of FIFA's executive committee for a decade.

Meanwhile in Brazil, former World Cup winner Ronaldo has called for the resignation of federation president Marco Polo Del Nero.

Former CBF president Jose Maria Marin, who was replaced in April by Del Nero, is being held in a Swiss prison awaiting extradition to the United States on charges stemming for the FIFA corruption scandal.

"It's evident the kind of relationship he [Del Nero] had with Marin," Ronaldo said Wednesday in Sao Paulo. "Therefore, it would be a good moment for him to resign."

Ronaldo was named FIFA's best player three times and served as a so-called ambassador for FIFA's 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.