Brazil’s Rodrigues confirmed as Conmebol rep on FIFA Council

November 5 – The boss of Brazilian football Ednaldo Rodrigues has been ratified as a member of the FIFA Council following a decision at the Conmebol Congress. 

Rodrigues (pictured) succeeded fellow Brazilian Fernando Sarney in the Council earlier this year at the 73rd FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, but his position was only ratified by continental body Conmebol on Friday at its Congress on the eve of the Copa Libertadores final.

Sarney has previously felt that Rodrigues betrayed him in a disingenuous fashion.

It’s the first time that the president of the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) will serve on both the Conmebol Council and the FIFA Council (formerly FIFA’s executive committee) since 2012 when Ricardo Teixeira stood down from all his positions in the game amid allegations of corruption.

“I am sure that I will carry out my duties on the FIFA Council with the commitment, seriousness and honesty of purpose that have always been in my life,” said Rodrigues, who received praise from FIFA president Gianni Infantino as well. The FIFA boss stressed the importance of Brazil playing a leading role in football administration.

Rodrigues came to power first on an interim basis at the CBF in August 2021 and then as president-elect in March 2022. He will serve until 2026.

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