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Brazilian referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho has been handed a life ban banned after being found guilty of involvement in a match-fixing scandal.

The five-man tribunal said it had found Carvalho guilty of “giving or promising to give an unfair advantage by influencing the result and acting in a manner which undermines the dignity of the sport”.

The official, who admitted taking money from a gambling ring to fix matches results, refereed 11 matches in this year’s Brazilian championship, although all have been declared void and will be replayed.

Carvalho and Paulo Jose Danelon, who took charge of games in the second division, were first suspended on September 24.

After the allegations first emerged, Carvalho spent several days in police custody along with businessman Nagib Fayad, who is alleged to be part of the gambling ring while Danelon admitted that he fixed three games for $4,400 dollars each.

All three face charges of fraud, conspiracy and crimes against the economy.

Earlier this month, Carvalho told Globo television: “I was corrupted, I allowed myself to get taken by this easy money… I did it because I wanted to. I was seduced and I was wrong.”

The tribunal’s decision to order all matches to be replayed has angered some clubs who believe that not all of Carvalho’s attempts to fix the results were successful.

The first four games were replayed last week and all ended in different results to the original matches.

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