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This Monday (13) former referee Glauber do Amaral Cunha participated in a secret meeting with the Senate’s CPI for Gaming and Sports Betting Manipulation.

He faces accusations of match-fixing in the Campeonato Carioca. Senator Carlos Portinho requested the secret meeting to protect the integrity of the investigations.

The secret meeting is considered essential to create a safe environment for the deponent to share information without fear of reprisals.

It is suspected that Cunha received bribes to manipulate the result of a lower division game in the State.

Glauber chose silence, invoking his right not to incriminate himself, as he was a suspect in an investigation in Rio.

President of the betting CPI calls for breach of confidentiality of the former referee

Senator Jorge Kajuru (PSB-GO) stated that the commission is forwarding the request to break the former referee’s banking and telephone confidentiality.

Kajuru reported that, faced with his refusal to cooperate, he threatened to detain him, which resulted in his lawyers being willing to collaborate with the CPI.

According to Kajuru, it was after this impasse that Cunha admitted to being the author of an audio in which he discussed the payment of bribes in exchange for the award of a penalty, revealing that he sent the message to a group made up of other referees.

The former referee reported that he leaked the recording to Rubinho Lopes, president of the Rio State Football Federation (FERJ). However, the president of FERJ himself sent it to John Textor, majority partner of SAF do Botafogo.

The American billionaire, in turn, handed the audio over to the Senate’s CPI, triggering a series of questions and additional investigations.

Therefore, Kajuru admitted his intention to summon the president of FERJ to clarify why he shared the recording. Furthermore, the senator wants to know the reason for the partial disclosure of the content, omitting other conversations from the group of referees.

It is worth remembering that the CPI can last up to 180 days in the Senate.