Romario wants inquiry of Brazil soccer body

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Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, delivers a speech during the draw for the 2013 soccer Confederations Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The soccer Confederations Cup will be played June 15 through June 30 in six Brazilian cities. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)


BRASILA, Brazil (AP) — Former Brazil great Romario says he is gathering signatures among other members of the country's congress to investigate alleged corruption at the nation's soccer federation.

Romario has been a critic of the country's governing soccer body, which is being watched closely as it organizes the 2014 World Cup.

Romario said on his website that in 24 hours he gathered signatures of 188 legislators in favor of forming a commission to investigate the Brazilian Football Confederation.

In the document circulated by Romario, he suggests fraud may have taken place in the election of federation President Jose Maria Marin. Marin succeeded Ricardo Teixeira, who resigned in March amid charges of wrongdoing.