RIO DE JANEIRO: The head of the Brazilian fraud squad has opened an inquiry into allegations of money-laundering against Ricardo Teixeira, one of the most powerful men in world football.

Teixeira, a former son-in-law of ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange, is president of both the Brazilian football confederation and local 2014 World Cup organising authority as well as being a member of the FIFA executive committee.

Confirmation of the inquiry by Vitor Poubel, head of Delefin (Delegacia de Combate a Crimes Financeiro) came from the superintendents’ office of the Rio federal police department.

Poubel is investigating not only Teixeira – who has escaped unscathed from previous inquiries – but also his brother, Guilherme Terra Teixeira. The formal request for the inquiry was instigated by the Rio prosecutor, Marcelo Freire.

The allegations concern money-laundering associated with funds sent  to Brazilian accounts from a company called Sanud from the tax-haven of Liechtenstein. Sanud is alleged to have received $9.5m from the now-bankrupt ISL when it was marketing and TV rights partner of world federation FIFA.

Delefin has 90 days in which to pursue its inquiries though it can apply for an extension. It is expected to ask the Swiss courts for papers relating to the collape of ISL.