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Brazil federation president Marco Polo Del Nero takes 2nd leave of absence

Embattled Brazilian federation president Marco Polo Del Nero took a second leave of absence from his post on Thursday

Marco Polo Del Nero has temporarily stood down as president of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) for a second time, just days after returning to his role.

Del Nero, who until November was a FIFA executive committee member, was one of 16 officials charged last month in a second raid on the Baur Au Lac hotel in Zurich.

He immediately took a leave of absence to "devote himself to his defence," according to a CBF statement at the time, with vice-president Marcus Vicente taking over as acting president.

Del Nero returned earlier this week but on Thursday the federation announced he was again stepping away from the role, this time citing "personal reasons." Antonio Carlos Nunes de Lima will deputise on this occasion.

A statement on Thursday from the CBF read: "The Brazilian Football Federation announced that Dr Marco Polo Del Nero, for personal reasons, will vacate voluntarily from Jan. 8 the office of president of this federation for up to 150 days.

"Vice-president Mr Antonio Carlos Nunes de Lima has been designated to replace him temporarily."

Nunes de Lima also issued a statement on the difficulties facing the organisation. Del Nero's predecessor Ricardo Teixeira has also been indicted, having quit FIFA's executive committee in 2012 after it was revealed he had received millions of pounds in bribes from FIFA's former marketing company ISL.

"With open and ongoing dialogue with associations, clubs, coaches, athletes, officials and other agents that make up the structure of football," he said, "we look forward to accelerating the renewal of Brazilian football on the path of modernisation, transparency and corporate ethics.

"Regardless of names, we will reaffirm the history, strength and condition of the CBF in conducting this process. It is a commitment that we assume throughout the world of football."


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