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
But it could take months before an investigation is
Romario said the investigation should not be put off simply
because Brazil was in the midst of organizing the 2014 World
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.”