Footballer removed for gambling denies receipt of cryptocurrencies: “only in PIX”

The CPI aimed to investigate outcome manipulation schemes in
At professional football matches in Brazil, player Marcos Vinicius Alves Barreira (“Romário”) was interrogated to investigate gambling crimes.

The player gave his testimony in June 2023 at the Football Manipulation CPI, and his participation is included in the final report released last Tuesday (19).

And as the investigation into the crimes deepened, the player who was now away from the field made a statement about how bonuses for manipulations were paid.

This is because Federal Deputy Kiko Celeguim (PT-SP) asked Romário if he received amounts in cryptocurrencies to manipulate the results of football matches. But the player denied this and said that all payments were made in PIX only.

Kiko Celeguim:How would you receive this payment? Cash, inside account deposit, in cryptocurrency? How did you want to receive that money?

Marcos Vinicius Alves Barreira:Ah, I think it was because of Pix, right?

Player investigated in Football Manipulation CPI denied receiving amounts via cryptocurrencies
Player investigated in Football Manipulation CPI denied receiving amounts via cryptocurrencies. Source: CPI report.

Despite the attempt to uncover manipulation fraud involving payments in cryptocurrencies, the delegates found that the players lured into rigging matches only received funds through traditional banking transactions.

The CPI report on football manipulation calls for an end to sports betting to curb crimes

The Football Manipulation CPI report also resulted in the presentation of four bills to curb sports betting crimes in Brazil.

One of these amends Law No. 9,615/1998 and requires that the punishments for those who commit crimes involving manipulation of results follow rules proportionate to the suspects.

Another project “characterizes the conduct of the manager, leader or coach who fails to report to the competent authority the commission of an offense against the uncertainty of the sporting result of which he or she became aware in the performance of his or her duties or as a result theirs“. In other words, if a coach fails to identify a crime because he is aware of its existence, he could face up to four years in prison.

The third bill presented will directly impact the current sports betting platforms operating in Brazil. This is because he “characterizes the conduct of a fixed-odds betting lottery without the prior consent of the competent authority and the carrying out, mediating or contributing to the execution of a fixed-odds betting in an institution to which no subsidy has been granted by the competent authority“. In other words, lotteries without permission from the competent authorities can result in fines and prison sentences of 1 to 4 years.

Finally, the latest bill adds §§3-A and 7 to art. 29 of Law No. 13,756/2018, which criminalizes attitudes that take away the unpredictability of sports competitions.

The CBF received a copy of the final report to revise the football rules and pay attention to crimes in the sport.

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