Brazil's sports minister resigned on Wednesday over a corruption scandal, the country's GloboNews television station said, reviving concern over President Dilma Rousseff's unstable ruling coalition and the country's lagging preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
Brazilian media reported more corruption allegations against the country's embattled Sports Minister on Saturday, raising the pressure on him to quit a day after he received the backing of President Dilma Rousseff.
Ricardo Teixeira has dominated Brazilian football for so long that, like many of the best players, he is known by just one name. They call him the cartola, literally the top hat, a title given to football bosses that instil respect and fear in equal measure and can carry more than a hint of shadiness.
Brazil’s largest circulation magazine Veja, claimed in its last edition that the Sports Minister Orlando Silva has been involved in corruption actions totalling millions of dollars originally destined to promote sports among children from poor households.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had a positive meeting with FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on Monday to discuss the 2014 World Cup, Brazil's Sports Minister Orlando Silva said Tuesday.