Eugenio Figueredo spent Christmas Day in jail in Uruguay ©Getty Images

Former FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo spent Christmas Day in jail in his native Uruguay and faces 15-years behind bars as he prepares to go to trial for corruption charges.

The 83-year-old, the former President of South American football's governing body CONMBEOL who also headed his country's Football Association, is accused of taking millions of US dollars in bribes while in his lofty positions.

He was one of seven FIFA officials arrested following a raid at their Zurich hotel in May on the eve of the organisation's congress.

Figueredo agreed to return to Uruguay from Switzerland, but is contesting extradition attempts by the United States who also want him on corruption charges.

Juan Angel Napout is another CONMEBOL President to face charges
Juan Angel Napout is another CONMEBOL President to face charges ©Getty Images

Prosecutor Juan Gomez outlined the case against Figueredo in court in Montevideo and claimed corrupt dealings began as soon as he reached the higher echelons of power at CONMEBOL.

"From the time he became a member of the executive committee, he received huge sums of money from plans hatched by various members of CONMEBOL with the objective of maintaining a twisted form of corruption,” said Gomez, who said that the allegations are linked to marketing and television rights.

"These actions caused harm to clubs and professional players in Uruguay, notably reducing the sums they could have received."

The last three CONMEBOL Presidents have now been arrested due to corruption allegations, including the latest holder of the role, Paraguay's Juan Angel Napout.

He resigned after his arrest this month, while another Paraguayan President, the long-serving Nicolas Leoz, has also been accused.

The governing body has pledged to bring in greater transparency measures with Uruguay's Wilmar Valdez currently serving as acting President after taking Napout's place.

Figueredo replaced Leoz as President in 2013 and then stepped down the following year.

Authorities in the US have now charged 41 people and entities as part of their corruption investigation, which largely centres on marketing and television deals.