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FIFA officials meet Brazil’s new soccer leaders

Soccer leader Teixeira resigned citing unspecified health and personal reasons

AP, Wednesday 28 Mar 2012
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FIFA’s executive committee has met Brazil’s replacements for former soccer leader Ricardo Teixeira at a session of the governing body’s committee overseeing the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA says Marco Polo del Nero, newly appointed to the executive panel, and Jose Maria Marin, now chairman of the 2014 local organizing team, attended the meeting Wednesday in Zurich.

Del Nero and Marin have taken positions vacated by Teixeira this month.

Teixeira resigned citing unspecified health and personal reasons, though he has also faced unproven allegations of financial wrongdoing.

FIFA’s full 2014 committee met for the first time, two weeks after FIFA President Sepp Blatter had talks in Brazil with state president Dilma Rousseff to mend a rift between the two sides.

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