Brazil soccer president Marco Polo Del Nero has blamed disgraced former FIFA executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira for the marketing contracts identified as corrupt by U.S. federal authorities.
Del Nero, who succeeded Teixeira as Brazil’s delegate on the FIFA executive committee in 2012, says “there are no contracts” named in the American bribery investigation case signed since Teixeira left office.
The U.S. Justice Department said its wide-ranging racketeering case includes bribery linked to commercial deals for national Brazil Cup matches and the national team’s contract with Nike.
Teixeira and his former father-in-law, Joao Havelange, took tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup marketing deals before FIFA’s marketing agency ISL collapsed into bankruptcy in 2001. Havelange was FIFA president for 24 years.
Former Brazil soccer chief Jose Maria Marin was one of seven FIFA officials arrested Wednesday by Swiss authorities in Zurich on a U.S. arrest warrant.
Del Nero, who followed Marin as Brazil soccer federation chief, called the events Wednesday “terrible” for the nation’s soccer.
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