Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian
former international star turned senator Romario said on Wednesday he
wants to run for the presidency of the country's corruption-tainted
football governing body.
Romario, a striker in the 1994 Soccer World Cup winning side, said he wants
to clean up the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF) after FIFA's
suspension of the current head Marco Polo Del Nero, who is accused of
"Many people have asked me to be a candidate. No one has fought more
vigorously than me against this band. So the answer is yes, I can be a
candidate," he said on Facebook.
"I meet all the criteria thanks to my contribution to football on and
off the field," said Romario, 51, who has been a senator since 2015.
FIFA imposed a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities on Del Nero last Friday.
The 76-year-old, a former member of the FIFA Council, is the latest
prominent South American official to be banned by the sport's governing
body as part of its investigation into a vast corruption scandal
Del Nero was indicted on corruption charges in the United States in
December 2015. His predecessor at the CBF, Jose Maria Marin, has been on
trial in New York since November alongside Paraguayan former CONMEBOL
president Juan Angel Napout and ex-Peruvian football chief Manuel Burga.