21 Mar 2012

Former Brazil football boss resigns from FIFA

7:07 am on 21 March 2012

Brazil's corruption-tainted former football boss Ricardo Teixeira has resigned from the FIFA Executive Committee, a week after stepping down as head of his country's football federation.

Teixeira, who had served as a member of world football's governing body since 1994, says his resignation was irrevocable, in a letter to the South American Football Confederation.

Teixeira also resigned from the committee organising the 2014 World Cup at a time when Brazil is struggling to prepare to host the world's most-watched sporting event.

His 22-year stewardship of the Brazilian Football Confederation was marred by controversy, with repeated calls for his resignation and allegations of irregularities in Brazil and abroad.

Teixeira, 64, allegedly took millions of dollars in bribes in the 1990s from the Switzerland-based ISL sports marketing company that later went bankrupt.