Head of Argentina’s football association, Julio Grondona, dead at 82

Argentine Football Association President Julio Humberto Grondona died in hospital on Wednesday at the age of 82, media reports said. Grondona, who became AFA chief in 1979 and was senior vice president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, died at the Mitre Sanatorium in Buenos Aires after suffering an aortic aneurysm. He was rushed to hospital early on Wednesday but died shortly after midday before doctors could carry out surgery. AFA Vice President Luis Segura has taken charge of the Argentine game’s governing body and reports said the start of the league season scheduled for this weekend could be postponed.

This is something very painful regardless of the differences one might have had [with him].

Cesar Luis Menotti, former Argentina coach