Monday, September 26, 2005

Brazil's Match Fixing Scandal

A referee was arrested and accused of fixing matches in Brazil's First Division today. Edilson Pereira de Carvalho is alleged to have accepted bribes in order to influence the results of games. All 11 games that he referred during this season may now need to be replayed.

Reports are that Carvalho received between $4-6,000 a game from a group of internet bettors to favor a side. Police have also questioned a second referee who was involved in lower division matches.

The Brazilian Football Confederation has promised an independent inquiry into these and other match fixing accusations.

Update: The season will go on.

The national soccer championship won't stop despite a scandal involving charges that a top referee took bribes to favor certain clubs, Brazil's top soccer official said.

Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, or CBF, said referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho had been suspended and that the CBF was investigating whether he tampered with results in league games.

But the tournament will proceed as scheduled, he said.


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