ZURICH: Ricardo Teixeira remains a member of the FIFA executive committee despite having quit, on health grounds, as president of both the Brazilian confederation and the 2014 World Cup local organising authority writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
This adds to a level of uncertainty about the fragile credibility of the governing council of world football over whether a man who is not well enough to fulfil domestic responsibilities is capable of maintaining his roles on the world stage.
A similar issue has been raised in Germany after Theo Zwanziger confirmed he intended to carry on as a member of the FIFA exco even though he has been effectively deposed as president of his own domestic federation. For clarification on a technicality, Zwanziger sits on the FIFA exco as a representative of European federation UEFA.
Confirming that Teixeira remains on the FIFA exco, a statement from the world federation said: “FIFA has taken note of the official confirmation received in writing last night from CBF and LOC of Ricardo Terra Teixeira’s resignation from his functions as chairman of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (LOC) and president of the Brazilian Football Associations (CBF, Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol).
“The CBF and the LOC have also officially confirmed to FIFA that Jose Maria Marin will be the successor of Teixeira in those two positions.
“At the time of writing, Ricardo Terra Teixeira remains a FIFA Executive Committee member. FIFA has not received any official communication from Teixeira or from CONMEBOL regarding this position. It is worth recalling that Ricardo Teixeira has been elected to the FIFA Executive Committee by CONMEBOL (for the first time in 1994).”