Teixeira denies impropriety in wake of Garcia report
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[June 29, 2017]
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The
reclusive former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF)
has called the FIFA ethics report "inconclusive" and asserted that
he is safe in Brazil despite a U.S. indictment against him.
Ricardo Teixeira, one of three CBF presidents indicted in the United
States in the FIFA corruption scandal, broke his silence after the
global soccer body published a report into possible ethics
He denied allegations that he took expensive gifts and said the
report by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia was filled with "ifs" and "may
"I didn't read it," Teixeira said in Wednesday's Folha de S.Paulo
newspaper. "I am not going to read a report that isn't conclusive.
Does it say that I took money here or there? It's only 'could have'.
Let me tell you something so you can understand: I didn't receive
gifts. I didn't receive gifts. I didnít receive gifts."
The 430-page report was completed in 2014 but had been secret until
Tuesday, when FIFA hurriedly released it after the document was
leaked to the German newspaper Bild.
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The report said Garcia was unable to contact Teixeira
but questioned his conduct while a member of FIFA's Executive
Committee for 18 years.
Teixeira, who resigned as CBF president in 2012, lives a quiet life
in Rio de Janeiro and rarely talks to the press. He has not been
accused of any crimes in Brazil and rubbished any chance of taking a
plea bargain and cooperating with U.S. authorities, as some other
former FIFA officials have done.
"Is there anywhere safer than Brazil?" Teixeira asked. "What am I
running from if I am not accused of anything?"
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; editing by Mark Heinrich)
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