Teixeira resigns as Brazilian football chief
Friday, 16th March 2012 at 08:26am
Brazil's Ricardo Teixeira resigned from his posts as president of the Brazilian Football Federation and head of the 2014 World Cup Organising Committee on Monday.
The controversial Brazilian held the position at the top of Brazilian football for 23 years.
He was also a prominent member of Fifa's Executive Committee and was one of the members alleged to have taken kickbacks from Fifa's former marketing partner ISL for TV rights in the 1990s.
Teixeira, 64, went on medical leave the previous week and then chose to stand down, citing health and family as the reasons behind his decision.
Sao Paulo Governor Jose Maria Marin, the man who has replaced Teixeira in both roles, read out Teixeira's letter of resignation in which his predecessor said he was leaving his positions with a "sense of mission accomplished".
"It's not easy to preside passion. Football in our country is associated with two things: talent and disorganization," he wrote.
"When we win, talent is praised. When we lose, it's about disorganization. I did what was within my reach, sacrificing my health.
"I was criticized in the losses and undervalued in the victories."
Others weren't as impressed by the job Teixeira had done as the man seemingly was himself.
Former legendary Brazilian striker turned congressman Romario had harsh words for the departing Teixeira.
"Today we can celebrate," Romario posted on his Twitter and Facebook pages.
"We exterminated a cancer from Brazilian football. Finally, Ricardo Teixeira resigned."