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Le président de Palmeiras veut que John Textor soit banni du football

By - 10 juin 2024

Le président de Palmeiras football club, Leïla Pereira, has criticized John Textor, owner of football club Botafogo over his allegations of match – fixing.

Appearing as a witness in the CPI on Match-Fixing and Sports Betting Manipulation Pereira, said that the loss of the Rio team in last year’s Brazilian Championship was “due to his (Textor’s) incompetence . . . I cannot allow anyone to discredit two titles of Palmeiras. You know how difficult it is to win a Brazilian Championship, one of the toughest in the world,” she said.

“I know the work we have done at Palmeiras, the technical staff, players, my work… I cannot let a foreigner come to Brazil and because he lost a title due to his incapacity, and the capacity of Palmeiras, discredit this very important title. My remarks are regarding John Textor’s attitude, not Botafogo and its fans,” she added.

Dans une interview, Texteur revendiqué to have recordings that would prove corruption in the football refereeing of the Brazilian Football Championship. Textor is an executive from the United States who operates Rio de Janeiro-based club Botafogo through Eagle Football Holdings. Last year, Botafogo lost a 13-point advantage, resulting in them losing the national league title and finishing in fifth place. Textor has alleged that defending champions Palmeiras bénéficié d’une opération de trucage de matchs. Palmeiras a réfuté ces affirmations et a déposé une plainte contre Textor auprès du plus haut tribunal sportif du pays. De plus, d’autres équipes ont laissé entendre qu’elles intenteraient une action en justice en réponse.

“He needs to prove what he’s saying. Palmeiras filed a police inquiry requesting an investigation into the allegations. If he proves it, okay, people need to be punished; but if he doesn’t prove it, he’s the one who needs to be punished,” said Pereira.

“So far, I haven’t seen any evidence. I have no doubt that John Textor should be banned from football. With these irresponsible, criminal allegations, he affects the entire credibility of this product that is Brazilian football. Penalties need to be severe,” she concluded.

La Commission d'enquête parlementaire (CPI) sur les paris sportifs (CPiae) was established In April. Sénateur Romário a été choisi comme rapporteur. La présidence et la vice-présidence ont été assurées par des sénateurs Jorge Kajuru et Eduardo Girão respectivement.

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