Edílson Pereira de Carvalho

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Edílson Pereira de Carvalho (born August 4, 1962 in Brazil[1]) is a former international football referee. Being a religious man, his pre-match ritual was to raise his two football cards (yellow and red), both personalized with the inscription Deus é Fiel, which means God is Faithful, and pray in the center of the pitch. He became notorious for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal.[2] He is married and has a daughter, and currently lives in Jacareí, São Paulo.[3]


When he was younger, he tried to become a football player, and made a test at São José, but never signed a contract.[3]

Refereeing career[edit]

In 1991, he became a referee.[4] Three years later, he refereed his first official match, a Campeonato Paulista game.[3]

He became an international referee in 2000,[1] one year after he was appointed by Armando Marques, who was the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation Refereeing Commission at the time; he replaced referee Dacildo Mourão.[5] He worked in important competitions such as Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Campeonato Paulista, and international competitions such as Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, but never refereed a Football World Cup match.[2]

Among the most famous matches he worked were both legs of the 2000 Copa Libertadores semifinal tie between Corinthians and Palmeiras.[3]

He was one of the main figures in the 2005 Brazilian football match-fixing scandal, where he received between R$10,000 and R$15,000 per fixed match.[2] Eleven Brazilian National Championship matches refereed by him were annulled, and needed to be replayed. He was suspended on September 24, 2005, and was later was banned for life.[6] He also faced charges of fraud, conspiracy and crimes against the economy.[3] He confirmed that he committed those crimes, but stated that he only did so because he was R$40,000 in debt.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Todos os Árbitros Brasileiros que pertenceram ao Quadro internacional da FIFA". Associação Nacional dos Árbitros de Futebol. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-05. (Portuguese)
  2. ^ a b c "Jogos do Brasileiro estavam sendo manipulados por árbitros" (in Portuguese). Jornal de Uberaba. September 25, 2005. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Jogo sujo - Veja Online (retrieved on July 30, 2007) Archived February 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Árbitro suspenso - Jornal Nacional (retrieved on July 30, 2007)
  5. ^ Armando Marques levou Carvalho à Fifa e deve cair - Folha Online (retrieved on July 30, 2007)
  6. ^ Cronologia do escândalo de arbitragem - Terra (retrieved on July 30, 2007)
  7. ^ Custo para repetir jogos do Nacional chega a R$ 1,3 milhão - Folha Online (retrieved on July 30, 2007)

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