Brazilian congressman Romario is calling for the resignation of the national football federation president for his alleged links to the country's military dictatorship.
Romario, a former Brazil striker, handed over a petition featuring nearly 55,000 signatures to the federation and other entities Monday demanding that Jose Maria Marin quits to avoid an â€œembarrassingâ€ situation during the Confederations Cup later this year and the 2014 World Cup. Romario delivered the signatures alongside Ivo Herzog, the son of a local journalist who died during the dictatorship era in 1975. They have called for an investigation into Marin's possible connection to the death. â€œWe made a comparison in our petition saying that to think about having Marin as head of the World Cup is likewise imagining Germany selecting someone that belonged to the Nazi party,â€ Herzog said. â€œCan you imagine that? I cannot imagine that. But it happened here in Brazil. That's the reality.â€ Marin, who is also the president of the local World Cup organizing committee, has denied any wrongdoing and accused Brazil's media of trying to create chaos as the country prepares for football's showpiece event.