Santos breaks contract with Eduardo Bauermann (1)
Santos breaks contract with Eduardo Bauermann

Santos announced this Wednesday (28) the breakup of relations with defender Eduardo Bauermann. The player agreed his transfer to Turkish football, where he will defend Alanyaspor. Now, the club just needs to sign the contract termination, which will include an amount to be paid in a future sale.

In recent days, Santos received a proposal from Alanyaspor for Bauermann and were carefully analyzing the transaction due to the investigations in which the defender is involved. Bauermann is suspected of participating in a sports betting match-fixing scheme known as Operation Maximum Penalty.

Despite not receiving any immediate financial return, Santos decided to release the player, since they did not see the possibility of selling him or reintegrating him into the squad. It is worth mentioning that Bauermann is currently suspended by the STJD (Superior Court of Sports Justice) and cannot play for 12 matches, of which he has already served five.

According to information from the Public Ministry, Eduardo Bauermann would have accepted to receive R$ 50 thousand to receive a yellow card in a match against Avaí, but did not fulfill his promise to be expelled in the following match against Botafogo, for the Brazilian Championship last year .

Although Bauermann was sent off in the clash against Botafogo, it was after the final whistle, meaning he did not fulfill his agreement with the punters. As a result, he had to return the BRL 50,000 received and compensate all losses to those involved in the betting scheme.

The player was punished for this conduct and awaits the progress of the investigation in the common court. It is important to mention that his defense requested the nullity of the process, claiming that the case is being conducted by the Public Ministry of Goiás.

Sports Betting CPI investigates cases of match fixing

The Sports Betting CPI is chaired by Júlio Arcoverde (PP-PI) and rapporteur by Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE). The discussion on the subject intensified after the MPGO denounced 16 people for fraud in the results of 13 soccer matches.

The cases involved matches from Series A and B of the Brazilian Championship, in 2022, and from the Paulista and Gaúcho championships in 2023. Some players have already been tried and convicted by the STJD (Superior Court of Sports Justice) with banning, suspension and fines.