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 his brief statement Friday, Teixeira didn’t mention a medical
problem, only saying that Marin would ”temporarily” replace him
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
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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