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Court rules 11 Campeonato Brasilieiro matches void

The Supreme Court of Sport Justice (STJD) of Brazil has declared the results of 11 Campeonato Brasilieiro matches void and ordered them replayed.

The court ruled after a referee admitted having influenced the results for his own benefit in an illegal betting scandal.

The decision, which is unprecedented in Brazilian football, was announced by Court president Luiz Zveiter after an investigation into accusations made by Veja magazine.

Referee Edilson Pereira De Carvalho only admitted to having fixed the results of eight matches but Zveiter said: 'The two commissions came to the same decision that De Carvalho's words were not reliable and he could have affected all the matches he was in charge of.'

Zveiter recognised the decision was extreme but confirmed that the Campeonato Brasileiro would not be stopped, with eight of the 11 matches being re-played on October 12 or 19, and the other three depending on Copa Sudamericana results.

This decision means that the Campeonato Brasileiro has changed leaders with Inter being replaced by Corinthians and Goias.

However, Corinthians have played two matches less, as they will have to meet Santos and Sao Paulo again.