Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paquetá has been under investigation since August for a possible sports betting violation.
The Football Association (FA), the English football federation, did not set a deadline for releasing the verdict, but has been strict in its punishments, as was the case with the Brentford and England striker, Ivan Toney. He was punished by the federation with an eight-month suspension.
Sanctions resulting from match manipulation may have their penalties increased worldwide, as long as the Regional Federation of each country requests FIFA.
In fact, on September 11th, FIFA announced the internationalization of penalties for match-fixing in Brazil.
The decision comes from a request made by the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), and which is based on the sanctions applied by the Superior Court of Sports Justice for Football (STJD).
The internationalization and expansion of penalties worldwide is possible due to article 70 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
“Referring to FIFA’s recent decision, this is an important decision that strengthens the integrity of sport and demonstrates that cases like these involving sports betting and manipulation of results cannot be accepted in the sporting world”, commented Matheus Laupman, lawyer at the firm Murta & Goyanes, specialized in sports law.
“In relation to Paquetá, investigations are taking place within the scope of English football, so decisions will be imposed by the FA. Now, it remains to wait for the progress of the process and, if the allegations are proven, to see whether the English federation will appeal to FIFA to internationalize its sanctions, which can be serious, from suspension to the most serious such as banning”, he added.
According to a document on the FA’s official website, the ban on betting involves results, progress, conduct and any other aspects occurring in or in connection with a game or sporting competition.
The document also prohibits betting in relation to football anywhere in the world on player transfers, hiring coaches, calling up national teams or disciplinary problems. The sharing of privileged information is also prohibited.