Brazilian Football Association president suspended for sexual harassment

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The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Sunday that the federation’s ethics committee decided to ban Rogerio Caboclo, president of the federation, for 30 days.

Media reports said Rogerio Caboclo was accused of sexual harassment. The Brazilian Federation did not disclose more details.

“According to the statutes of the organization, Vice President Antonio Carlos Nunes de Lima will take over temporarily by seniority,” the CBF said in a brief statement.

“The decision is confidential and the process will continue before the aforementioned committee with the aim of investigating the complaint,” he added.

The decision to stop Capoclo comes one week before the start of the Copa America, which was transferred from Argentina and Colombia to Brazil, and is surrounded by many problems. Brazil was suddenly chosen to host the tournament, in which the ten South American teams participate, after Colombia was excluded due to civil unrest, and then Argentina, its co-host, withdrew after the high incidence of Covid-19 cases.

But the decision to host the tournament appeared to anger Brazil’s players and coach, and they pledged to issue a statement on Tuesday whether they would take part in the tournament. The uproar has rocked the soccer-mad country and came amid reports that Capoclo is under investigation after being accused of sexually harassing a female employee.

The GloboSport website said Kabuclo, 48, made sexual comments and harassed an unnamed employee. The website interviewed the employee and published her allegations.