Teixeira to keep WCup organizing committee post

Ricardo Teixeira will remain president of the 2014 World Cup

local organizing committee despite taking a leave of absence from

the Brazilian soccer federation.

The embattled head of Brazilian soccer released a statement on

Friday confirming that he is temporarily leaving the federation,

but he will continue as head of the World Cup organizing


He said former Sao Paulo Governor Jose Maria Marin is taking

over the federation’s presidency.

The O Globo newspaper reported Thursday that Teixeira was

granted the leave of absence for medical reasons and could be out

of the job for as long as 180 days.

There have been calls for his resignation recently amid

allegations of irregularities in Brazil and abroad. His term ends

in 2015.

In his brief statement Friday, Teixeira didn’t mention a medical

problem, only saying that Marin would ”temporarily” replace him

as president.

Teixeira was twice investigated by Brazil’s Congress and

recently was accused of taking kickbacks from former FIFA marketing

partner ISL in the 1990s. He was also accused by the former

chairman of England’s Football Association, David Triesman, of

unethical behavior and improper conduct during bidding for the 2018

World Cup.

FIFA has promised to release documents on the ISL case

relatively soon, and reports say Teixeira will be directly


Teixeira has led the Brazilian federation since 1989 and

revamped the entity after it struggled financially. During his

tenure, Brazil won the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, and the federation

became one of the most valuable in the world.

But his 23-year stint ahead of the Brazilian soccer has been

filled with controversy, and there have been calls for his

resignation amid allegations of irregularities in Brazil and

abroad, although he has always denied any wrongdoing.

The latest accusations against Teixeira came last month when the

Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Brazil’s largest, reported that

prosecutors allegedly found evidence linking him and a company that

organized a friendly between Brazil and Portugal in 2008 in

Brasilia. The company is being investigated for irregularities in

organizing the match.

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