Brazil extends Caboclo ban from CBF for sexual bullying

September 30 – Rogerio Caboclo has been suspended as president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) until 2023 because of sexual and psychological harassment.

Caboclo, a protege of former CBF boss and disgraced football official Marco Polo del Nero, rose to the presidency in 2018, but on the eve of last summer’s Copa America he was accused of sexual harassment by a former CBF employee which led to his suspension, one that has now been confirmed and extended by 21 months by the governing body.

In a unanimous decision of the CBF’s general assembly, formed by the 27 presidents of the state federations, Caboclo was stripped of the presidency until March 2023, one month before his term expires. Other investigations are running into Caboclo, who has always denied any wrongdoing and called the latest suspension “a coup”. 

Caboclo needed just seven votes to save his presidency, but he received none. He has vowed to fight the suspension and return to the top job that former president of the Bahia state federation Ednaldo Rodrigues has taken over as interim president.

“The 27 state federations had access to the entire process. They were always aware of the process, those who had doubts about how to vote were fully convinced that there was a crime of harassment. Federations and vice presidents are together in a vehement fight against discrimination and harassment. Any type of violence has to be fought, especially against women. The CBF at this moment, with this historic decision, shows that in this house this can no longer happen,” said Rodrigues.

The former CBF employee revealedd details of the day when Brazil’s football boss, after successive abusive behaviour by Caboclo who allegedly asked her if ‘she masturbated”.  She also said Caboclo tried to force her to eat a dog biscuit, calling her a “bitch”. Other former employees have also stepped forward with accusations against him.

Caboclo is the latest CBF president to be disgraced after Ricardo Teixeira, Marco Polo del Nero and Jose Maria Marin. 

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