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Police arrest businessman in connection with Brazil match-fixing
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Federal police arrested a second man Friday in an investigation into match-fixing in Brazil's soccer championships.

Police in Sao Paulo arrested Vanderlei Pololi, who allegedly acted as a go-between for Internet gambling interests and the two soccer referees accused of fixing results.

Pololi stands accused by Paulo Jose Danelon, the second referee to admit to fixing games to benefit gamblers, as the man who gave the referees envelopes containing 10,000 reals (US$4,500; €3,800) for each fixed match.

On Friday, Pololi denied all charges against him.

Danelon, who has admitted to his involvement in the scheme and named Pololi, during a six-hour police interrogation Wednesday.

Danelon told police he fixed three matches, affected which teams were relegated. Champion Sao Paulo would have still won the title.

Denelon said that it was Pololi who invited the referee Edilson Pereira Carvalho to join the scheme.

It was Cavalho's arrest that sparked the scandal Saturday after the national news weekly Veja reported on a federal investigation into a corruption scheme run by Internet betting sites.

Veja published transcripts of telephone conversations between Carvalho and businessman Nagib Fayad recorded by authorities. Carvalho guaranteed that Vasco would beat Figueirense in a league match he officiated in on Aug. 7. Vasco won 2-1, including a penalty kick by veteran striker Romario.

Carvalho confessed to taking part in the match-fixing and was released from jail Thursday. Fayad also was released Thursday after authorities said he cooperated with the investigation.

Carvalho, who has been charged with fraud and criminal association, was suspended by FIFA on Tuesday.

Police said it wasn't likely other referees were involved in the scheme.

Brazilian Soccer Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira is expected to give a press conference regarding the scandal in Rio de Janerio later Friday.

Teixeira has already said that the 11 matches refereed by Carvalho could be replayed - but that the Brazilian league will not be stopped.

Brazil's Superior Tribunal of Sports Justice will decide if the results of the matches Carvalho officiated in will remain valid. There has been no decision on the matches refereed by Danelon.

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