the Colorado Rapids He reportedly removed midfielder Max Alves from all team activities in the midfield Reports that he is involved in an “illicit sports gamble,” according to the Denver Post.
The Rapids confirmed on Wednesday that a player has been “removed from all team activity” following reports of gambling, though the player’s name was not released.
Rapids statement is reading:
“We are aware of reports regarding a Colorado Rapids player in connection with illegal sports gambling. We take matters of this nature very seriously and strive at all times to protect the integrity of the game. The player has been removed from all team activity while Major League Soccer is conducting an investigation.” .
The Washington Post reported that the player in question was Alves.
Alves is reportedly under investigation in Brazil as part of a Match fixing scandalAccording to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. Alves is accused of taking money from intermediaries to perform specific actions during matches. Alves was reportedly paid nearly $12,000 for receiving a yellow card during a match against the Los Angeles Galaxy last September.
He received a yellow card shortly after entering the match.
The payment was reportedly discovered by Brazilian authorities after the WhatsApp messages were confiscated. Alves is one of 16 people, including 7 players, who are under investigation by the Brazilian authorities. Alves is alleged to be “the only player playing outside of Brazil involved in the scheme,” according to the Washington Post.
Signed by Elvis A Four-year deal With Rapids in January 2022. Prior to that, Alves played for Flamengo in Brazil.