Sunday, 7 December 2008

Brazil: Bribe Attempt Thwarted Ahead Of Final Weekend

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have confirmed that they have intercepted a envelope of money bound for Wagner Tardelli, referee of the final weekend clash between Goias and Sao Paulo.

Sao Paulo require just one point from Sunday's game in order to seal a third consecutive Brazilian League triumph, with Gremio waiting in the wings should they fail to do so.

Although the CBF have been quick to explain that no blame has been apportioned to Tardelli, they felt it best for another official to take charge of the fixture. Sérgio Corrêa, head of the referre's union, oversaw a draw on Saturday to decide Tardelli's replacement, with Jaílson Macedo Freitas the man now tasked with officiating the title decider.

The CBF have promised to pass their information onto the police for a full investigation into the source of the money, and Tardelli is as anxious as anybody for them to find the guilty parties.

"I was fully prepared and in the right frame of mind to take charge of the game. But, considering the events, I support Ricardo Teixeira and the CBF's decision to draw another official for the match," he explained in a statement on the CBF website.

"Beyond that, I am the first to want a satisfactory resolution to this issue."

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