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The Federal Senate‘s Sports Commission (CEsp) will schedule a public hearing to discuss details about possible cases of result manipulation in the 2023 Brazilian Football Championship.

This discussion is scheduled for Wednesday (20), right after the deliberative part of the commission meeting, scheduled for 10:30 am. Senators Carlos Portinho (PL-RJ) and Eduardo Girão (Novo-CE) presented the request for this hearing (REQ 1/2021).

The presidents of Londrina Esporte Clube, Getúlio Marques Castilho, and Tombense Futebol Clube, Lane Gaviolle, are being invited to the audience.

A game between Londrina and Tombense, in Series B last year, is suspected of having had its result manipulated. Senator Jorge Kajuru (PSB-GO) addressed the topic in a speech last Tuesday (12).

In addition, the directors of the company Good Game!, Thierry Hassanaly, and Sociedade Anônima do Futebol do Botafogo, Thairo Arruda, are listed as guests.

According to reports in the sports media, Good Game! analyzed some games from the 2023 Brasileirão Série A Championship and identified possible manipulation of results, attributed to arbitration decisions that, in theory, harmed the Botafogo team in the title dispute.

Despite leading most of the championship, the Rio team finished in 5th place, behind Flamengo, Atlético, Grêmio and Palmeiras.

The debate will take place in Room 13 of the Senador Alexandre Coelho Wing and will be interactive, allowing popular participation.

How to participate in the hearing on match manipulation?

The event will be interactive, allowing citizens to send questions and comments by calling the Senate Ombudsman’s Office (0800 061 2211) or via the e-Citizenship Portal.

These interactions will be read and responded to live by the senators and debaters present. The Senate offers a declaration of participation, which participants can use as a complementary activity in university courses, for example.

The e-Citizenship Portal also receives opinions from citizens on projects being processed in the Senate, as well as suggestions for new laws.