Brazil’s CBF launches match-fixing whistleblowers app

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July 3 – In response to a parliamentary commission of enquiry (CPI), the Brazilian Confederation of Football (CBF) will set up a centralised reporting tool for match-fixing. 

Fans, players and other stakeholders will be able to report cases of suspected match-fixing by telephone, by Internet and using a smartphone app.

Later this week, senators will consider requests regarding recent allegations of match manipulation.

Estevam Soares, former Patrocinense coach, Danilo Maluf, president of Inter de Limeira, and Roberto Avatar, president of Patrocinense have been among those invited. The two clubs have been the object of a claim of match-fixing.

The CPI was established in April after Botafogo owner John Textor accused Palmeiras of benefitting from match-fixing. Last season, Botafogo lost the league title in dramatic fashion after enjoying a double-digit lead over other contenders.

The CPI, with former great Romario as a rapporteur, has a six-month mandate.

With the rise of sports betting in Brazil, match-fixing has become more of a concern for the CBF and authorities. Bookmakers sponsor clubs, players and the league. Sportradar’s annual report highlighted that 109 suspicious matches took place in Brazil in 2023, making the country once again the world leader.

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