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Brazilian Football Confederation appoints new president

Rogerio Caboclo has been named as the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

The 46-year-old was the only candidate for the role. The Associated Press news agency noted that one of his predecessors, Marco Polo Del Nero, removed other candidates from contention to pave the way for Caboclo’s appointment.

In August 2016, Fifa’s Ethics Committee confirmed that it was formally investigating Del Nero, a former member of its Executive Committee, who was among a host of officials and executives indicted in 2015 as part of the US investigation into football corruption. In December 2017, Del Nero was provisionally banned from all football activities for 90 days by Fifa’s Ethics Committee.

Caboclo is seeking to improve the CBF’s image and his election slogan was “transparency and efficiency”.

In his inauguration speech, which was attended by Fifa president Gianni Infantino, Caboclo said: “I am aware of CBF’s worn-out image, I will face this. We will increase our governance controls. I will not tolerate any suspicious practice of misconduct.”

He added: “I am grateful to those that preceded me. But I have total independence.”

Caboclo previously worked on the organising committee for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a go-between for Fifa and the CBF. He also served as head of the Brazilian delegation at last year’s World Cup in Russia.

Caboclo’s appointment comes with Brazil preparing to host this summer’s Copa America from June 14 to July 7.

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