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FIFA's Jerome Valcke defends Brazil FA chief Ricardo Teixeira from corruption allegations

FIFA's Jerome Valcke defends Brazil FA chief Ricardo Teixeira from corruption allegations


The secretary told reporters that his colleague was innocent until proven guilty, while outspoken Romario had further criticism for the two individuals

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has dismissed claims of corruption against Ricardo Teixeira, while Romario continued his offensive against the world governing body and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president.

The long-time chief of Brazilian football has faced bribery and fraud accusations in recent weeks, as he continues the task of preparing his country to host the World Cup in 2014. Teixeira is currently meeting with Valcke as part of his work as head of the Local Organizing Committee in order to iron out differences between the two bodies.

Questioned over the allegations hovering over the Brazilian, Valcke insisted that he would not abandon Teixeira unless such charges were verified.

"In a democracy, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Why should FIFA be different? This is being investigated," the secretary affirmed to Estadao.

Meanwhile, 1994 World Cup winner and current Socialist Party deputy Romario was once more critical of the handling of the 2014 tournament and went as far as to ask for those accused of corruption to face jail time.

"The people must push hard so that all those who have been charged in the middle of all this corruption, stay in prison at least until 2014," the former Barcelona striker fired in an interview with ESPN Brasil.

"Regarding some colleagues of mine that form part of the commission, I didn't expect anything different because a lot of them had their campaigns backed by the CBF, and even by FIFA. That means that they are there to do FIFA's work, the CBF's, those who are behind them."

Romario has been one of the staunchest critics of FIFA's handling of the World Cup and has criticized the body for valuing commercial profit over national sovereignty.