FIFA threatens sanctions after Brazil court orders removal of CBF president

FIFA threatens sanctions after Brazil court orders removal of CBF president

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) Ednaldo Rodrigues was on Thursday removed from his position by a Rio de Janeiro court, according to Brazil's State Court of Justice.

The court ordered that the CBF's assembled held in 2022, during which Rodrigues was elected as president CBF until 2026, be annulled as the president of the Superior Court of Sports Justice Jose Perdiz was named interim boss.

This comes after a request from former CBF vice-presidents, who lost their posts under an agreement signed in 2022 between the CBF and the Public Prosecutor's Office over the electoral process.

In Thursday's ruling, the Rio court found the Conduct Agreement signed between the two parties was illegal, with Perdiz now responsible for organising a new election within 30 days.

The CBF, through a spokesperson, said they are aware of the court decision but were analysing appropriate measures.

The court's intervention in the football federation is also likely to land the CBF in hot water with world football governing body FIFA, who are against the interference of government or ordinary courts in member associations' affairs.

"FIFA has been made aware that an agreement concluded between CBF and the Public Attorney’s office of Rio de Janeiro may now apparently be at risk of being cancelled or amended by local courts," FIFA said in a statement.

"We understand that a possible cancellation of or modification to such agreement could impact on the outcome of the elections of the CBF Executive Board, which took place on 23 March 2022.

"We would like to remind CBF that FIFA member associations are obliged to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence from third parties, including any state authorities.

"Any breach of such obligation may lead to potential sanctions as provided for in the FIFA Statutes."

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