Brazil's football president is suspended by FIFA

Brazil's football president is suspended by FIFA

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

Del Nero, 76 years old and a former member of the board of the global federation, is one of the many executives of South American football persecuted by the U.S. justice system in the context of the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA.

Federation Internationale de Football Association announced in a statement on Friday that Marco Polo Del Nero, 76, has been suspended for 90 days as he is investigated by the governing body's ethics committee.

Del Nero, who became CFB President in 2003, has reportedly not left Brazil since his indictment.

Del Nero has not traveled from Brazil in the last several years, fearing arrest and extradition to the United States if he does.

Del Nero's wealth has allegedly expanded immensely since 2012, the year his ally Marin took over at the CBF. Brazil has an extradition treaty with the US, but seldom sends its own citizens overseas for trial.

His two immediate predecessors, Jose Maria Marin and Ricardo Teixeira, were also among those indicted in the United States.

Jose Maria Marin, Del Nero's predecessor at the CBF, has been on trial in NY since November alongside former CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout and former head of the Peruvian football association Manuel Burga.

Former Brazil internationals have been heavily critical of Del Nero, with three-time World Cup-winner Pele among a group of current and former players to sign an open letter in December 2015 demanding his "definitive resignation" from the CBF.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said Del Nero was under an ethics investigation and has been banned for 90 days from all soccer activities.

Brazil are one of world football's powerhouses and have won the FIFA World Cup on a record five occasions.

"My hope, like many Brazilians who love football, is that he is banned once and for all".

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