RIO DE JANEIRO:  A judge has annulled the election of Rogerio Caboclo in 2018 as president of the Brazilian football confederation and appointed two senior regional officials as interim joint directors.

The two are Rodolfo Landim, president of Flamengo, and Reinaldo Carneiro Bastos, president of the Sao Paulo state federation. The pair have yet to accept the appointment.

This court involvement is merely the latest in a saga of anger and confusion which has been running for a decade since the notorious Ricardo Teixeira quit under pressure of corruption inquiries which eventually led to  a life ban from football.

The court overturned Caboclo’s election because of flaws in the voting system in 2017, a year before the ballot.

The CBF is to appeal against the ruling in the grounds that Brazilian law “prohibits club leaders from exercising functions in federations.”

Whether this applies to the CBF is questionable because it is a private organisation.

The court ruling comes less than two months after the CBF suspended Caboclo pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

Caboclo is the fourth consecutive president of the CBF to face legal problems. His three predecessors have all been involved in corruption scandals and banned from football-related activities by FIFA.