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Brazil Football Confederation Hires Eduardo Gussem as Integrity Officer

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Eduardo Gussem, the former attorney general of Rio de Janeiro, has been appointed as the Brazilian Football Confederation’s (CBF) integrity officer. This decision has been hailed as an important step in the fight against manipulation in the sport.

Gussem’s role will involve collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, focusing on strengthening the integrity of football across Brazil. His responsibilities extend to overseeing a new integrity unit within the CBF.

Partnerships and Prevention Efforts

Eduardo Gussem’s new position entails working closely with various partners to combat criminal activities in Brazilian football. These partners include the International Centre for Sports Security, the Global Alliance for Sports Integrity, and a private investigation task force.

With a rich background as the attorney general of justice and president of the Public Ministry Association in Rio de Janeiro, Gussem brings a wealth of experience to his new role. His appointment is part of a broader effort to address and prevent manipulation in football.

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Rising Concerns about Sports Betting

CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues expressed concern about the impact of the increasing popularity of sports betting on football.

All countries and all sports are subject to the possibility of manipulation of sports competitions. This phenomenon is a global threat to the integrity of sport and demands a collective global response. An effective fight against the manipulation of sports competitions requires agile, fast, sustainable and effective national and international cooperation. There should also be dialogue and cooperation between public authorities, sports organisations, competition organisers and sports betting operators at national and international levels. This is essential in the search for common effective responses to the challenges posed by the problem of manipulating sports competitions. Our integrity unit will work permanently on these issues.

Ednaldo RodriguesCBF President

Gussem spoke about the enormity of the challenge in addressing manipulation in football. He described the integrity unit as a pioneering structure, saying, “We aim to bring rigidity and security to football.”

He noted the importance of analyzing issues related to betting and result manipulation, promising quick solutions for the public, fans, and the football world.

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