Sports betting: Vasco's legal department instructs players on betting
Photo: Daniel Ramalho / Vasco da Gama

So far, Vasco da Gama does not have any athlete mentioned in the Public Ministry’s Operation Maximum Penalty, which investigates the involvement of players in a match-fixing scheme in football. Therefore, the club’s legal department took the opportunity to gather and instruct its players on sports betting activity.

In addition, the club from Rio oriented the players on how to act in case of enticement by third parties. After the lecture given at the Moacyr Barbosa Training Center, the cast received a booklet prepared by the legal department that needs to be followed strictly.

In this document, among several points, players should never accept offers related to betting and, in case of contact by third parties, the athlete needs to notify the club immediately.

Fans approved the club’s initiative to guide the squad on sports betting

Fans approved the measure taken by the club, which shared records of the meeting on social networks. After all, cases are multiplying daily and names like striker Alef Manga, currently at Coritiba, Pedrinho and Bryan García, from Athletico-PR, were recently added to investigations.

Operation Maximum Penalty

In total, 16 people were indicted in the second phase of the Maximum Penalty operation, including seven athletes: Eduardo Bauermann (Santos), Gabriel Tota (Ypiranga-RS), Victor Ramos (Chapecoense), Igor Cariús (Sport), Paulo Miranda ( Náutico), Fernando Neto (São Bernardo) and Matheus Gomes (Sergipe).

At this stage, four players mentioned in the scheme admitted involvement and were not denounced: defender Kevin Lomónaco, from Bragantino, left-back Moraes, from Atlético-GO, defensive midfielder Nikolas Farias, from Novo Hamburgo-RS, and striker Jarro Pedroso , from InterSM.

Already in the first phase of the investigations, the Public Prosecutor’s Office accepted the complaint of eight athletes who became defendants in the scheme. According to the website Hoje em Dia, the players involved can face a punishment of between three to eight years, plus a fine, for criminal organization and another of eight to 12 years, for active corruption.