December 20 – Brazilian 1994 World Cup winner Romario is planning to run for president of the scandal-plagued Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) now that Marco Polo del Nero has been suspended by FIFA.
Romario has long pointed the finger at Del Nero and his predecessors Ricardo Teixeira and Jose Maria Marin for their alleged involvement in widespread corruption and has led several investigations in his capacity as a senator.
“No one has fought so vigorously against that gang than me, and so I am a legitimate candidate,” Romario said on Instagram. “I have the qualifications for the job. My credentials are my whole contribution to soccer, on and off the field.”
Romario has called for the prosecution of Marin, Teixeira and del Nero at the end of an anti-corruption congressional inquiry he led last year.
With the trial of the three South American powerbrokers at the heart of the FIFA-gate scandal winding up in New York, one of the recurrent names in the prosecutor’s case and the defendants submissions has been that of Del Nero whose charmed life as leader of the CBF looks to be close to coming to an end after the FIFA’s ethics committee banned him for 90 days – with a possible 45-day extension – finally seeing sense and bowing to global pressure.
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