July 24 – Ricardo Teixeira has been accused of creating a ‘criminal organisation’ by Spanish prosecutors, who requested the arrest of the former CBF chairman last week.
Teixeira is believed to have diverted millions of euros from the friendly matches of the Brazilian national football team and the CBF. He ran the CBF from 1989 to 2012 and set up the governing body of Brazilian football as a ‘criminal organization’ for personal gain, according to the arrest warrant.
On Monday, Brazilian prosecutors will request details of the lawsuit in Madrid and may demand the case be moved in full to Brazil to allow Teixeira to be tried at home, according to Brazilian newspaper Estadao.
Teixeira has been closely linked with former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell who was arrested in Spain in May as part of a money-laundering investigation. The pair are accused of making millions in TV rights money from Brazil friendlies.
With US authorities, Spanish prosecutors and Brazilian courts looking into Teixeira’s actions, the net is firmly closing around the former bigwig of the global game.
Today Teixeira’s immediate successor Jose Maria Marin is under house arrest in New York on charges relating to FIFA corruption – his trial date is set for November. Current CBF president Marco Polo del Nero hasn’t left Brazil in months and is the subject of a US indictment and international arrest warrant.
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