Teixeira to keep WCup organizing committee post


SAO PAULO (AP) -- Ricardo Teixeira will remain president of the 2014 World Cup local organizing committee despite taking a leave of absence from the Brazilian football federation.

The embattled head of Brazilian football released a statement on Friday confirming that he is temporarily leaving the federation, but he will continue as head of the World Cup organizing committee.

He said former Sao Paulo Governor Jose Maria Marin is taking over the federation's presidency.

The O Globo newspaper reported Thursday that Teixeira was granted the leave of absence for medical reasons and could be out of the job for as long as 180 days.

There have been calls for his resignation recently amid allegations of irregularities in Brazil and abroad.

His term ends in 2015.