Cu­ri­ous case of Del Nero

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If Brazil end their Olympic blank in Rio, it’s highly likely that tak­ing as much credit as any­one will be Brazil fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Marco Polo Del Nero. The fact that he is wanted in the United States will be nei­ther here nor there.

Del Nero is among the 40-plus in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions in­dicted by the US Jus­tice Depart­ment over the $200mil­lion FIFAGate money-laun­der­ing and fraud con­spir­acy case. How­ever, as long as he re­mains in Brazil, he is be­yond the hand of US law as no Brazil­ian cit­i­zen, un­der a clause in the con­sti­tu­tion, can be ex­tra­dited for trial.

Every now and again, par­lia­men­tary in­quiries into cor­rup­tion within the CBF are or­gan­ised. But as Ri­cardo Teix­eira es­caped scru­tiny on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, there is no rea­son to be­lieve Del Nero will be brought down. In­deed, hav­ing quit as a FIFA and CONMEBOL ExCo mem­ber – be­cause he could not leave Brazil – Del Nero stepped down twice as CBF pres­i­dent be­fore re­sum­ing the role this past spring as if noth­ing had hap­pened.

FIFA, while happy to send a “nor­mal­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee” to sort out the AFA chaos in neigh­bour­ing Ar­gentina, has noth­ing to say about Del Nero.

Who knows, he might even wel­come his Olympic guests with a bag­ful of ex­pen­sive lux­ury watches just to show there are no hard feel­ings...

Wanted...Marco Polo Del Nero

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