Hours later Marco Polo Del Nero went before the Senate yesterday to defend himself against the accusations, saying, "I am unjustly accused but that is not surprising. I defend myself with absolute certainty of my innocence”.

The 74-year-old Brazilian football chief asked to be placed on leave at the beginning of this month 'to dedicate himself to preparing his defense' in the US case and a separate FIFA ethics inquiry.
The US corruption investigation which is part of a broader probe into multimillion-dollar corruption over decades at world governing body FIFA also targeted Del Nero's predecessors at the head of the CBF, Jose Maria Marin (2012-2015) and Ricardo Teixeira (1989-2012).
Marin pleaded not guilty in a US court yesterday conspiracy, fraud and money laundering are among the 12 charges the 83-year-old faces.

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