Teixeira steps down as head of Brazilian football


SAO PAULO (AP) -- Ricardo Teixeira is stepping down from his posts as head of the Brazilian football federation and the 2014 World Cup organizing committee, ending a contentious 23-year stint in charge of Brazilian football.

Teixeira had taken a leave of absence for medial reasons last week, but on Monday the Brazilian federation announced he will leave permanently to look after his health.