Romario wants probe into Brazilian football body

Brazil great Romario wants a congressional investigation into

alleged corruption at the Brazilian Football Confederation after

gathering enough signatures from among fellow legislators.

Romario, a loud critic recently of the confederation, said on

his internet site that in 24 hours he gathered signatures of 188

colleagues in congress in favor of forming a commission to

investigate the CBF. Only 171 are needed to install a

commission.

But it could take months before an investigation is

approved.

Romario said the investigation should not be put off simply

because Brazil was in the midst of organizing the 2014 World

Cup.

In the document circulated by Romario, he wants congress to

probe allegations that confederation officials have benefited

financially through contracts involving the national team. He also

suggests fraud may have taken place in the election of CBF

President Jose Maria Marin. He succeeded Ricardo Teixeira, who

resigned in March amid charges of wrongdoing.

Teixeira, who was also head of the World Cup organizing

committee, and former FIFA president Joao Havelange were identified

four months later by a Swiss court as having taken millions of

dollars in payment from the now-defunct market agency ISL.

”We in the chamber (of deputies) will no longer allow this kind

deceit of the people,” Romario wrote.

Phone calls to the confederation by The Associated Press did not

receive an immediate response.

FIFA has frequently criticized Brazil for being behind schedule

in preparing for the World Cup. However, the world governing body

took a softer tone last week.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said it needed to be more

flexible dealing with many layers of the Brazilian government,

calling it the ”FIFA Samba.”