Argentina and Brazil legends Diego Maradona and Romario have joined forces to attack the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), stating they will form a commission to investigate the distribution of revenue throughout the region.
Maradona, who is currently engaged as an ambassador for Dubai Sports Council, and Romario, who is now a member of the Brazilian congress, have met with 20 South American clubs and a group of Uruguayan lawyers to demand change in football administration. The pair has been long-standing opponents of the region’s current set-up. “We have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few,” said Maradona, according to Reuters. “It doesn’t belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players. So we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game. It’s very serious, but thanks to all of us who are not afraid of those people… we are here so that we can have a more transparent football.”
Romario added: “The situation is really much more serious than we imagined. What has been presented here is one of the biggest disgraces that I have seen. I couldn’t imagine that there was an institution which… did so much harm to the sport. We have to get more people together. The clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL. It’s a movement for transparency and dignity in football. With this commission that we are going to form, we are going to see what has happened to all this money.”
CONMEBOL spokesman Nestor Benitez said he had no comment on the accusations. “Everyone has the right to their opinion, football is generous and is an open field for all opinions,” he added.