Ex-CBF chief Teixeira banned for life by Fifa

Ricardo Teixeira during the Preliminary Draw of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Fifa, the global governing body of football, has imposed a lifetime ban and a fine of CHF1m (€910,000/$1.002m) on Ricardo Teixeira, former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), after he was found guilty of bribery.

The investigation into Teixeira (pictured) referred to bribery schemes conducted during the period from 2006 to 2012 and relate to his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to competitions organised by the CBF, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).

The adjudicatory chamber of Fifa’s independent Ethics Committee found that Teixeira, who is also a former of member of the Executive Committees of both Fifa and Conmebol, breached article 27 (Bribery) of the Fifa Code of Ethics.

The lifetime ban covers any football-related activity at both national and international level.

Teixeira resigned from his position as CBF president in 2012 following criticisms of Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup, which the South American country hosted, and amid an investigation into reports he had taken bribes from a sports marketing firm – claims he denied at the time.

Teixeira was indicted in the US in 2015 for participating in alleged bribery schemes surrounding marketing and media-rights deals in Latin and Central America. Two other CBF presidents, José Maria Marin and Marco Polo Del Nero, were also indicted.

Earlier this year, Fifa banned Marin from football-related activity for life. Del Nero was handed a lifetime ban last year.