(WFI) FIFA says the Brazilian football confederation and 2014 World Cup organising committee have now officially confirmed the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira and named his successor as Jose Maria Marin.
Confusion reigned on Monday when the Brazilian FA announced Teixeira was stepping down hours before informing FIFA.
But FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday morning that it had received word of his resignation in writing last night from both bodies.
“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,” the statement said.
It added: “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).”
Teixeira will remain on the FIFA Ex-Co for now.
It is up to CONMEBOL, the 10-member South American confederation, to nominate his successor to sit at FIFA’s top table in the coming weeks. Whether that would be 79-year-old Marin remains unclear.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is likely to confirm CONMEBOL’s new representative on the Ex-Co at the FIFA Congress in Budapest in May.
The resignation of 64-year-old Teixeira came as no surprise. Last week he was granted medical leave following ill health which was linked to the pressure of managing both jobs and his battle against corruption allegations.
Teixeira had been under intense pressure to step up World Cup preparations for many months amid FIFA concerns over delays in the construction and modernisation of stadia and transport infrastructure. There is also growing frustration at FIFA headquarters over the Brazilian government’s lack of urgency in passing a World Cup bill that sets the framework of legislation for the tournament.
But Teixeira’s position was ultimately undermined by the spate of corruption allegations that swirled around him over the past 18 months which not only tarnished his leadership of Brazil’s World Cup preparations and the CBF but also hurt FIFA’s reputation at a time when Blatter is attempting to rid world football’s governing body of corruption under his reforms process.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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