The 2-0 over Ecuador allowed Brazil to escape in the standings of the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022. However, it was not enough to cover the mountain of problems that shake those in green and yellow at this time and ranging from the mutiny of the players of the selected team and their decision, for now unofficial, not to play the Copa América with their country exploited by the coronavirus to the complaint of sexual and moral abuse against the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Rogerio Caboclo, by an employee who assured that he had made her live numerous episodes of shame in the presence of other managers during trips and meetings such as questions of a sexual nature and being forced to eat a dog biscuit while insulting her.
Thus, while the discontent of the footballers grows, the accusation against Caboclo promises to awaken a storm that could put the CBF on the ropes. It is that according to a detailed report of UOL Esporte, the main sponsors of the parent company of Brazilian football have already shown their concern about the situations and demand explanations.
Nike, the main sponsor of the CBF with a long-standing contract that extends, for now, until 2026, said it was “deeply concerned” after the complaint that splashes Caboclo. “Nike is deeply concerned about the serious allegations made to the CBF president. We are closely monitoring the investigation of the case and any future investigations. We hope that all findings will be acted upon quickly,” the US apparel giant said in a statement.
However, Nike was not the only one to speak out. There were five other sponsors (Itaú, GOL, Mastercard, Vivo and Ambev) who also put the magnifying glass on the seriousness of the case.
“As the official sponsor of the Brazilian soccer team, the bank will closely monitor the investigation of the case and expects it to be thorough and swift,” they pointed out from Itaú. “We are aware of and are concerned about the serious allegations,” added from Mastercard.
The plaintiff, who was not identified as a protection measure, filed her complaint on Friday afternoon with the Ethics Commission and the Governing and Compliance Board of the CBF, with details of the alleged abuses perpetrated since April 2020 and requested that Caboclo be investigated and removed.
The head of the entity did not comment on the complaint, amid the controversy over the organization of the Copa América in Brazil, ratified by President Jair Bolsonaro.
“I went through a very difficult time in recent days. Including medical treatment,” the plaintiff told Globo.
According to his testimony, Caboclo – who took over as head of the CBF in 2019 – was drunk while the abuses took place and many times asked him to hide the drinks he consumed during working hours.
Among other episodes that the Confederation employee recounted, the president engaged in abusive behavior during trips and meetings and in the presence of other leaders: he asked her if she masturbated, called her a “bitch” and tried to force her to eat a dog biscuit; He left his personal life exposed in front of employees and managers, and he invented relationships with members of the CBF.
Among the sanctions provided by the CBF Code of Ethics and Conduct are warnings (reserved or public); fines of up to 500,000 reais; the provision of community work; dismissal for just cause; suspension for up to 10 years; prohibition of access to stadiums for up to 10 years; and prohibition to participate in any activity related to football, up to 10 years.
The Ethics Committee may recommend to the corresponding body of the CBF to notify the competent police and judicial authorities. In addition, the application of sanctions to elected officials will be subject to the confirmation of the General Administrative Assemblies of the respective entities, with the approval of 3/4 (three quarters) of all its members as a requirement.