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Brazil – Inquiry launched into match fixing in House of Deputies

By - 22 May 2023

A Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) which will investigate the manipulation of results of football matches has been launched in the House of Deputies. The commission will have 120 days to investigate the matter and was instituted in the midst of a police operation that is currently investigating a major a fraud scheme in Brazilian football.

The request for the creation of the CPI was authored by deputy Felipe Carreras who will also act as be the commission’s rapporteur. 

According to local press, the CPI has presented 52 requests for people to appear before it. Lawmakers want to hear from players and managers who have been caught up in the Maximum Penalty operation, triggered by investigations by the Goiás Public Ministry. 

A number of football games are being investigated due to the alleged involvement of a criminal group specializing in match-fixing. The investigation widened recently when it was revealed that at least six games in Brazil’s first division football league had been caught up in the investigation and not just players from the second division.

The news comes after The Federal Police revealed last week that they had opened an inquiry to investigate an alleged match-fixing scheme in volleyball. According to the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Flávio Dino, in an interview with local media the investigation by the Federal Police is still in its initial stage. Flávio Dino stated that the Federal Police would make itself available to the CPI on match fixing now underway.

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