Romario calls for Rosell probe

Former striker Romario has called for a probe into claims Barcelona President Sandro Rosell earned money from Brazil friendlies.

Romario, now a congressman, represented Brazil over 70 times and had a glittering career that included a spell with Barca between 1993 and 1995, during which he scored 34 times in 46 La Liga appearances.

The 47-year-old has now called on his country’s public prosecutor to begin an investigation into allegations Rosell earned money from organising international friendlies involving Brazil, money that was allegedly siphoned by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) into companies owned by the Barcelona chief.

In an interview with newspaper Estadao – the publication that broke the story – Romario, who has left the Socialist Party of Brazil to act as an independent legislator, suggested the government should intervene in the matter.

“This is further proof the CBF is one of the most corrupt institutions on the planet.

“I would sack all the directors and members of the CBF and hire a company to carry out an audit of the last 20 years..

“I wouldn’t even spare one of them,” fumed Romario, who believes intervention is fully justified.

“The CBF has stopped paying federal taxes, uses the national anthem, the colours of Brazil, and the biggest patrimony in football – the players,” he argued.

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