Brazil football chiefs hit with match-fixing fines

Updated: 02 March 2011 11:23 IST

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF), two former referees and a businessman were fined 180 million reais (78.5 million euros) on Tuesday for their roles in a 2005 match fixing scandal by the Sao Paulo State Court.

Brazil football chiefs hit with match-fixing fines

Sao Paulo:

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF), two former referees and a businessman were fined 180 million reais (78.5 million euros) on Tuesday for their roles in a 2005 match fixing scandal by the Sao Paulo State Court.


The federation, former referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho and businessman Nagib Fayad were found guilty of "moral prejudice inflicted on supporters" after exerting an undue influence on 11 league matches and were fined 160 million reais (69.7million euros) by the court.

They were also found guilty along with another former referee Paulo Jose Danelon of colluding together and ordered to pay 20million reales (8.8million euros).

Carvalho had confessed to having received between 10,000 and 15,000 reais (4,350-6,500 euros) per match from a group of Sao Paulo businessmen to influence the outcome of games and to favour "internet sports betting sites".

The CBF were liable, according to the judge Jose Paulo Camargo Magano, for appointing biased referees and for not honouring their obligation to guarantee the rules that assures a fair championship.

The federation is to appeal the judgement.

Carvalho and Magano have been sacked subsequent to the revelations and the 11 matches results annulled, which has belatedly led to Corinthians being named champions.

The ruling comes on the day that International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge warned of the growing dangers of illegal internet betting.

In a joint declaration with the IOC, sports officals and betting company associations pledged to deepen cooperation to fight "all forms of cheating in sport" and set up a working group on illicit betting.



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