The head of the Brazilian Confederation of Football (CBF) and 'boss' behind Brazil's 2014 football World Cup local organising committee (LOC), Ricardo Teixeira, announced yesterday that he is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons.
It was not said how long he will be away from the job, or what his health problem is but it is known that Mr Teixeira, 64, had been under pressure to resign over corruption allegations, although he denies any wrongdoing.
Mr Teixeira, who has been CBF's president for 23 years, since 1989, as well as heading Brazil's LOC since last year, has been preparing this 'temporary leave' since corruptions allegations against him became more intense.
However, political support and meetings with other prominent football figures ended up convincing Mr Teixeira to stay as president. In addition, during CBF elections two weeks ago, the controversial Mr. Teixeira was re-elected, having received unanimous votes from the presidents of the 27 state football federations' around Brazil.
It doesn't seem like all the political support shown to Mr Teixeira in the last two weeks were enough to convince the 'top chief' Teixeira to stay and fight against the corruption accusations. Especially after one of the most recent allegations involved his 11 year-old daughter, who's bank account received a very suspicious amount of £1.4m from the resident of Barcelona Sandro Rosell, who also happens to be Mr Teixeira's wife business partner and former president of Nike in Brazil.
In addition, Mr Teixeira, 64, has had a history of heart problems and has recently been in hospital due to a diverticulitis. He is expected to get medical treatment in Miami, where he has a holiday property. Mr Teixeira appointed CBF's senior vice-president Jose Maria Marin to be in charge of Brazilian football temporarily.