ZURICH: Marco Polo Del Nero, president of the Brazilian football confederation, has maintained his international vanishing act by skipping a meeting of FIFA’s Olympic Games football committee writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

Del Nero, who risks ethics committee action for misconduct in his responsibilities to the governing body, should have chaired a meeting of the committee in Zurich on Monday.

However FIFA has confirmed that Del Nero was not present – just as he was not present at FIFA Congress in May, at the subsequent two executive commitee meetings as well as from the World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg in Russia last month.

Del Nero rushed for home after his predecessor as CBF president, Jose Maria Marin, was among seven men detained in Zurich on May 27 on an indictment issued by the United States Department of Justice over the FIFAGate scandal.

Marin, as a Brazilian, ¬†has been nominated originally¬†by FIFA to head its Olympic football organising committee. Del Nero was promoted in his place after Marin’s suspension from all football activities following his arrest.

As a Brazilian citizen Del Nero, who was not named in the original US indictment, is safe from extradition as long as he does travel beyond his home country.

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