Brazil appoint former attorney general to combat match fixing
Lawyer Eduardo Gussem has been appointed as the Integrity Officer of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Friday. He was the former Attorney General and President of the Association of the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The Integrity Unit aims to combat match fixing, which has become more prominent with the development of sports betting websites.
‘All countries and all sports are subject to the possibility of match manipulation. This phenomenon is a global threat to the integrity of sports and requires a global collective response,’ said CBF President Ednaldo Rodrigues.
Gussem discussed the challenges of his new role. ‘It is a new and pioneering structure. Our goal is to bring rigidity and security to football,’ said the Integrity Officer, who will coordinate a multidisciplinary team. The issue of sports betting affects the elite of world football.
Midfielder Lucas Paquetá, from West Ham, is being investigated by the English Football Federation for possible betting violations. The player was one of the names on Fernando Diniz’s call-up list, who claims he is one of the best of the current generation.
‘I would be delighted to call him up. What we have received so far is that the investigation is at the same stage. It has not been concluded and there have been no new facts,’ said the Brazilian national team coach after announcing the call-up for the November FIFA dates. (Estadão Conteúdo)