Ex-futbolistas Diego Maradona and Romario are ready to tag team the evil corruption within next year’s World Cup host federation.
The duo gave a seething criticism of CONMEBOL yesterday at meeting at the Corinthians headquarters in Sao Paolo.
But are they the right men to lead the line fighting corruption in South American football?
In front of reps from 20 clubs and one Uruguayan lawyer, they offered a rallying cry to stomp out corruption in their dark corner of the shadowy world of FIFA.
“We have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few,” Maradona said after the meeting, ”It doesn’t belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players. So we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game.”
Romario, the ex-Brazil striker , is now member of Congress and leads a campaign against the 2014 World Cup, claiming it’s been tainted by money laundering. In an interview with Brazilian Rolling Stone last year, he called the event the “Cup of Lies”. After which, he posed for this photo..
Romario said Wednesday, “We have to get more people together. The clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL. It’s a movement for transparency and dignity in football.”