Brazil football chief to keep his post: CBF
Embattled Brazilian football chief Jose Maria Marin has received unanimous support from all state federations to complete his term in 2015 as scheduled, despite calls for his resignation.
A statement by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) issued late Tuesday said state federation chiefs present at the general assembly meeting in Rio "backed the stewardship of President Jose Maria Marin".
Marin took up his post in 2012 after the resignation of his predecessor Ricardo Teixeira who was embroiled in corruption allegations.
Over the past few weeks, the CBF chief has come under mounting fire, with more than 55,000 people signing a petition demanding his resignation over his alleged role in the death of a journalist during the military dictatorship (1964-1985).
In 1975, while he was a lawmaker, Marin called for action against the type of journalism practised by the television station that employed journalist Vladimir Herzog.
Herzog was subsequently killed by agents of the military regime.
Marin meanwhile told Tuesday's assembly session that he would not seek re-election after 2015, the daily O Globo reported.
Football great Romario, now a socialist lawmaker, has been one of the staunchest backers of the petition against Marin.
Former Brazil star Ronaldo, a member of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee, also said Marin should go if he was not able to bring make the CBF more transparent and end fighting among fans.