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Brazilian Referee arrested on match-fixing charges


Brazilian showman
19 February 2003
Referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho was arrested last night due to alleged received bribes he took, in order to influence the results of games.

He refereed 11 matches during the current Campeonato Brasileiro, which may now have to be replayed, throwing the whole season into doubt.

The CBF has asked FIFA to immediately suspend Mr Carvalho as an approved international referee.

The referee's actions were discovered when Brazilian police secretly recorded the phone conversations of Mr Carvalho, 43.

It is alleged that he received instructions on matches from participants in an internet betting ring.

Mr Carvalho would then favour one team or the other, allegedly for a fee of between $4,000 and $6,000 per game.

The 11 games refereed by Mr Carvalho will almost certainly have to be replayed and, amid claims of more widespread match-fixing, the Brazilian Football Confederation has promised an independent inquiry.

"As we're talking about Brazil, this doesn't surprise me," said Fluminense coach Abel Braga, whose team lost 2-0 to Juventude in a match refereed by Carvalho on August 14.

"It's a reflection of the country. Now this has come to light, we can understand how some results happened. Against Juventude, he awarded them a non-existent penalty and gave two absurd offsides.

The 11 Matches that Edilson Pereira de Carvalho refereed are:

Vasco 0 x 1 Botafogo
Ponte Preta 1 x 0 São Paulo
Paysandu 1 x 2 Cruzeiro
Juventude 1 x 4 Figueirense
Santos 4 x 2 Corinthians
Vasco 2 x 1 Figueirense
Cruzeiro 4 x 1 Botafogo
Juventude 2 x 0 Fluminense
Internacional 3 x 2 Coritiba
São Paulo 3 x 2 Corinthians
Fluminense 3 x 0 Brasiliense

its a shame that this happened in the Serie A of the brazilian league.

Carvalho is one of 10 Brazilian referees certified to officiate World Cup and other international matches by FIFA, soccer's international governing body. He was arrested as part of a five-month investigation that recorded 20,000 hours of phone conversations, the daily said. Police expect to make more arrests in coming days, Folha reported, citing Victor Hugo Rodrigues Alves, of the intelligence unit at Brazil's federal police


out the window
8 August 2003
Madeira, Portugal.
FC Porto
There also some ongoing investigations around here in Portugal, regarding fixed matches. One of them was suposedly in match between Porto and Estrela da Amadora 3 years ago, but I find it absurd simply because at the time Porto was unstoppable with Mourinho.
I hope the truth will come, both in Brazil and Portugal.
There has been some investigations in Germany too right?
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