ᑕ❶ᑐ The Juventude duo made a video call with a player in the dressing room: « The man who gives us money »

New chapters of the game manipulation investigation Brasileirao of 2022 has emerged. Now excerpts from a video call of midfielder Gabriel Tota and defender Paulo Miranda, both at the time in the Youthwith the regime’s boss in the locker room.

The 113-page denunciation presented by the Goiás Public Prosecutor’s Office was accepted this Tuesday (9) by the youth of Goiás and the document shows photos of the duo talking to Bruno Lopez, appointed head of the gang.

According to the document, the call took place on October 16, 2022, at 4:44 p.m., just over an hour before Juventude’s match against Atlético GO. After the call, an audio was sent by Bruno to a group of WhatsApp.

« Tota, he went there in the video there, and my friend, he showed Paulo Miranda, he said: ‘Paulo Miranda, oh there’, Paulo Miranda I know too, he said ‘oh, the man who we give money is there’ The guys laughed and such […] brother, in the locker room, the boobies, the locker room in the video,” he said.

As well as the duo, left-back Moraes was also accused of taking part in the scheme, but he struck a deal with the MP and became a witness in the case.

In the complaint accepted on Tuesday figures evidence of payments made by bettors to the 3 players who were at Juventude. In 2022, the club is relegated.

See below which games are under investigation in Serie A

Which players are under investigation?

  • Eduardo Bauermann (Santos)

  • Gabriel Tota (Ypiranga-RS)

  • Victor Ramos (Chapecoense)

  • Igor Carius (Sports)

  • Paulo Miranda (Nautical)

  • Fernando Neto (Sao Bernardo)

  • Matheus Gomes (Sergipe)

What does Operation « Maximum Penalty » investigate?

Investigation into Operation Maximum Penalty highlights that criminal groups convinced players, with offers of up to R$100,000, to decommit specific bids in matches and profited from bettors on sites Branch website.

A co-opted player, for example, would have the « function » of scoring a penalty, receiving a card or contributing to building the result of the match – generally a defeat for his team.

The first complaints heard by the operation came at the end of 2022, when midfielder Romário, while a player from Vila Nova (GO), accepted R$150,000 to impose a penalty against Sport, in a valid match for the series B do Brasileiro.

At the time, the athlete immediately pocketed R$10,000 and only earned the rest if the plan worked. Romário, however, wasn’t even included in the match, which spoiled the idea.

The story reached Hugo Jorge Bravo, president of the Goiás team and also a military policeman, who searched for evidence and handed it over to the State Public Ministry. From then on, the « Maximum Sentence » operation was created to investigate the evidence and suspicions in this regard.

In the first complaint, there were suspicions of manipulation in 3 Serie B matches, but the latest events have led investigators to believe that the problem was national and had occurred in the state championships and also in the first division Brazilian.

In addition to Romário, September other players have been denounced by the Public Ministry for having participated in the matchmaking system: Joseph (Tombense), Mateusinho (former Sampaio Corrêa, today in Cuiabá), Gabriel Domingos (Vila Nova), Allan Godói (Sampaio Corrêa), André Queixo (former Sampaio Corrêa, principal at Ituano), Ygor Catatau (former Sampaio Corrêa, principal at Sepahan, Iran) and Paulo Sérgio (former Sampaio Corrêa, principal at Operário-PR).