News Americas, SAO PAULO, Brazil, Weds. Sept. 28, 2011: Brazilian soccer federation president, Ricardo Teixeira, has been accused of taking kickbacks.
Teixeira is being investigated by Prosecutor Marcelo Freire who said he has asked federal police to look into whether the football head illegally transferred money into Brazil.
Teixeira is accused of taking kickbacks from a former FIFA marketing partner in the 1990s.
The police are obligated to investigate, and the result could clear Teixeira or lead to charges against him, as well as uncover more information regarding the widespread corruption allegations made by the BBC. The investigation could take months, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Teixeira is the president of the local organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil will host for the first time since 1950.