Lawyer resigns, and John Textor, from Botafogo, will have new defense in trials at the STJD | botafogo

Lawyer resigns, and John Textor, from Botafogo, will have new defense in trials at the STJD | botafogo
Lawyer resigns, and John Textor, from Botafogo, will have new defense in trials at the STJD | botafogo
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President of São Paulo criticizes Textor: “Thoughtless and irresponsible act”

Luciana Lopes’ office defended Textor in the trial at the end of last year’s Brazilian Championship, when Textor was suspended and obtained habeas corpus to follow the last rounds of the competition. On the 9th, next Tuesday, the owner of SAF do Alvinegro goes to Pleno for the same complaint from last year, when he harshly criticized the president of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues, and was also tried for field invasion – for which he was acquitted In this ocasion.

Textor stated, in a published text, that five São Paulo players participated in fraud to manipulate the result of the classic against Palmeiras, last year, which ended 5-0 for the Alviverdes. The American leader – who must now have lawyer Jorge Gallo in his defense – arrives in Brazil this Wednesday and trusts in the evidence he gathers to present in Brazilian courts – sports or not. For now, it relies on the artificial intelligence report produced by Good Game!, a company hired to analyze the matches.

1 of 1 Textor talks to Thairo Arruda in the Botafogo trial at the STJD. Lawyer Luciana Lopes (in white) defended him at the STJD — Photo: Raphael Zarko
Textor talks to Thairo Arruda in the Botafogo trial at the STJD. Lawyer Luciana Lopes (in white) defended him at the STJD — Photo: Raphael Zarko

Rizek explains Textor’s accusations of match-fixing

The STJD Attorney’s Office denounced Textor in two articles of the Brazilian Code of Sports Justice:

  • Article 220-A, item I: Failing to collaborate with the Sports Justice bodies and other sports authorities in investigating irregularities or disciplinary infractions. Penalty: fine of R$100 to R$100 thousand, with a fixed deadline for compliance with the obligation.
  • Article 223: Failure to comply with or delay compliance with a decision, resolution, sports disciplinary transaction or determination of the Sports Court. Penalty: fine of R$100 to R$100 thousand. Single paragraph. When the offender is a natural person, the penalty will be automatic suspension until the decision, resolution or determination is complied with, in addition to suspension for ninety to three hundred and sixty days and, in the event of a repeat offense, elimination.

At the beginning of March, Textor gave an interview in which he stated that he had recordings of referees complaining about not receiving promised bribes and stated that there had been manipulation of results in the Brazilian Championship in the last three years (2021, 2022 and 2023). The Prosecutor’s Office then requested the opening of an investigation to investigate the statements.

The request was accepted by the president of the STJD, José Perdiz de Jesus, who ordered Textor to gather the evidence he claims to have within three days. The owner of Saf Botafogo spoke, however, he did not present them.

The rapporteur selected to process the investigation, auditor Mauro Marcelo de Lima e Silva, reiterated the determination and set a new deadline for delivery, which was once again not met. The case was taken to the Plenary in a session on March 14, which unanimously declared the jurisdiction of the Sports Court to investigate the facts. By a majority of votes, the Plenum did not endorse the automatic suspension of Textor, who will now be judged.

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