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FIFA’s senior vice-president Julio Grondona dies, Argentina mourns

Jul 30, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

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On Wednesday the sad news arrived that FIFA’s senior vice-president and the president of the Argentine FA, Julio Grondona, had passed away.

Grondona died in hospital, aged 82, after suffering an aneurysm in his aorta artery. The AFA’s president was about to be rushed into an emergency surge but died moments before it began.

The leader of Argentine soccer, who has been in charge for over 35 years, was due to attend a press conference with Alejandro Sabella on Wednesday to explain why the Argentine national team manager was stepping down from his position. Grondona was due to step down from his role in charge of the AFA in 2015, with his son Humberto also involved in the governing body.

Our friends at Soccerly have all the details, as one of the most influential leaders in world soccer passed away.

CONMEBOL has made Julio Grondona’s death official on their website. The Argentinian FA president and FIFA senior vice-president has passed away at age 82.

Grondona was taken to Mitre Hospital intensive care in the early AM hours of this morning after suffering an aneurysm in his aorta artery. Minutes before an emergency operation was to take place, the AFA president passed away.

Julio Grondona will leave his place to AFA vice-president and Argentinos Juniors chairman, Luis Segura.

Last year, Grondona and his son Humberto had announced that his 35-year tenure would end in 2015 and were still planning how the elections would take place. This meaning that Segura will only be in charge for a year, unless he is elected democratically in 2015.

Grondona’s a press conference scheduled for today along Alejandro Sabella to explain the reasoning behind the coach’s resignation has been cancelled.

The first week of the “Apertura” season in Argentina has officially been cancelled.

FIFA president, Joseph Blatter, has gone to Twitter to express his sadness over his “friend’s” death and sent his regards to his family.

 

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