Romario calls FIFA president Sepp Blatter 'a thief'

Romario also criticized the Brazilian football confederation, saying it is 'corrupt'. It was some of the harsher words yet used by Romario, who has been loudly criticizing FIFA and local football officials since he took office in 2010.

updated: October 17, 2013 09:34 IST
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Sao Paolo: Brazilian congressman and former football great Romario has launched another attack against FIFA, calling president Sepp Blatter "a thief" and secretary general Jerome Valcke "a blackmailer."

The comments from the former Brazil striker came at congressional hearing promoted by a tourism and sports commission on Tuesday.

He continued his attack against Valcke with a post published on his website on Wednesday, saying the FIFA official isn't the "best person to do business" with Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

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