CBF chief Del Nero steps down from FIFA role

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero has resigned from his position on the Fifa Executive Committee.

The 74-year-old took over the CBF role from Jose Maria Marin, who was one of seven Fifa officials arrested during dawn raids on a Zurich hotel in May and is accused of taking bribes in connection to the sale of sports marketing rights.

Del Nero swiftly returned to Brazil and reportedly did not return to attend subsequent meetings of the Executive Committee.

Following increasing pressure to resign from his position with the CBF, Del Nero has stepped down from his role at Fifa.

A CONMEBOL statement said: “Mr. Marco Polo Del Nero requested his departure from the Fifa Executive Committee in representation of Conmebol.

“[Del Nero noted] Mr. Fernando Sarney as his replacement, which was approved unanimously.

“Del Nero reports that he will retain his seat on the Executive Committee of Conmbeol and that at this time, chose to give full attention to debates and issues of Brazilian football.”

One of the CBF’s four vice-presidents, Sarney is the son of former chief of the confederation Jose Sarney de Araujo Costa.