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Brazil soccer boss quits over alleged scandals

03-14-2012 14:01 BJT

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Brazil's controversial soccer boss Ricardo Teixeira is resigning after a string of corruption scandals. He ran the Brazilian Football Confederation for 22 years.

Teixeira also quit his role as the head of the local organising committee for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He handed-in his resignation in a letter that was read to reporters by his successor, Jose Maria Marin.

Marin is a 79-year-old former politician who is not well known outside the closed world of the CBF. He previously served as the body's vice-president.

The 64-year-old Teixeira said he was stepping down for health reasons, just days after he asked for a temporary medical leave of absence to treat the intestinal disorder diverticulitis.

In 2001, a Brazil congressional investigation accused Teixeira of 13 crimes, ranging from tax evasion to money laundering to misleading lawmakers, but he was never charged with anything and Teixeira denied wrongdoing in each case.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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