Teixeira under pressure to step down over report

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian football head Ricardo Teixeira is under increasing pressure to step down after the country's largest newspaper published a report linking him to a company being investigated for over-billing an international friendly four years ago.

The story by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on Thursday comes amid widespread reports that Teixeira will resign or take a leave of absence, effectively ending his contentious 23-year rule of Brazilian football and the national team.

Folha says the company linked to Teixeira, who is also the president of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee, over-billed air tickets and hotel stays for a Brazil friendly against Portugal in 2008.

Teixeira has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.