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President of the Brazilian Football Confederation Sidelined by International Soccer Leaders

06/19/2018 - 12h01

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CAMILA MATTOSO
DIEGO GARCIA
LUIZ COSENZO
SÉRGIO RANGEL
FROM SOCHI AND SAINT PETERSBURG

The main VIP box at the soccer stadium in Rostov, where Brazil debuted in the World Cup, helped reveal how little influence Brazil currently has over the sport.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched Brazil's debut surrounded by Russian celebrities and soccer stars, while CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) president Antonio Carlos Nunes, 80, watched the 1-1 tie against Switzerland from the corner of the room. Colonel Nunes was sidelined by international soccer leaders after irritating them.

Lucas Figueiredo / MoWA Press
Antonio Carlos Nunes
Colonel Antonio Carlos Nunes

His main enemy is Conmebol president Alejandro Domínguez, who wants him to step down as CBF president. Colonel Nunes, in turn, has already started taking steps to oust Mr. Domínguez. The Conmebol president wants the confederation to appoint a new president, just like it did when former CBF president Marco Polo del Nero was forced to step down following corruption charges.

Last week, Colonel Nunes broke his word and failed to come through on a promise he had made after signing a motion led by Mr. Domínguez in favor of the three-way US, Mexico and Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

During the vote, Colonel Nunes backed Morocco, which was defeated. Unfamiliar with protocol, the CBF president caused discomfort after FIFA revealed how each country voted. In meetings with South American soccer leaders, Mr. Domínguez openly brings up his disappointment.

Antonio Carlos Nunes is only expected to step down in April of 2018, which is when his term ends.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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