No FIFA Sanction for Brazil as CBF Prez Rodrigues Returns

Brazil will no longer face sanctions from the Federation Internationale De Football Association (FIFA) as Ednaldo Rodrigues was reinstated as President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). The same was confirmed by FIFA’s director of legal affairs, Emilio Garcia.

In December 2023, a Rio de Janeiro Court removed Rodrigues and all his appointees at CBF from office on account of irregularities in his election. The same was later confirmed by the country’s two highest courts. In light of this, FIFA warned CBF of suspension if it proceeded to hold fresh elections to replace Rodrigues as President. In its letter, FIFA stated, “For the sake of good order, we would also like to underline that should CBF be eventually suspended by the relevant FIFA body, it would lose all of its membership rights with immediate effect and until the suspension is lifted by FIFA. This would also mean that CBF representative and clubs teams would no longer be entitled to take part in any international competition while it is suspended“.

Considering that Brazil could face suspension from the Olympic qualifiers, the Supreme Court Minister, Gilmar Mendes, ordered the return of Rodrigues.