If Brazil’s football board steps in and a new president is elected in January, FIFA told the country that its national teams and clubs could be banned from international competitions. The governing body of soccer warned a Brazilian soccer executive in a letter on Sunday that the country’s soccer body, CBF, could be suspended if it doesn’t listen to its advice to wait and instead holds a quick election to replace Ednaldo Rodrigues as president. The Associated Press got a hold of the paper.
FIFA, which is in charge of football, has a history of not letting the government or outside groups get involved in its member associations. This could mean that five-time World Cup winners Brazil can’t play in big tournaments until the problem is fixed.
The letter sent on Sunday was signed by Kenny Jean-Marie, who is the chief members’ association officer for FIFA, and Monserrat Jiménez Garcia, who is the deputy secretary-general for CONMEBOL.