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FIFA demands immediate selection of Teixeira successor

  • AP, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 2:15 PM

The resignation of Ricardo Teixeira from the FIFA executive committee has prompted the worldwide soccer governing body to press for quick action on his replacement.
Teixeira resigned his seat on the FIFA committee for "personal reasons" without elaborating on Monday, one week after leaving as president of Brazil’s soccer body and the 2014 World Cup organizing committee.

FIFA said its statutes require the South American body, known as CONMEBOL, to move quickly.

“CONMEBOL will now have to decide immediately on the replacement of Ricardo Teixeira as one of their representatives on the FIFA executive committee for the remaining period of office,” FIFA said in a statement.

The 64-year-old Brazilian skipped the previous meeting of FIFA’s high command, held in Tokyo in December, when FIFA President Sepp Blatter had hoped to publish a Swiss court document relating to a scandal involving million-dollar kickbacks from World Cup broadcasting deals in the 1990s.

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