Colorado Rapids Suspend Max Alves Over Match-Fixing Investigation

  • The Rapids and the MLS did not name the player who received a suspension
  • Prosecutors in Brazil charged 16 people on Wednesday as part of a match-fixing investigation
  • A Brazilian media outlet alleges Alves received $12,000 to get a yellow card in a game
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The Colorado Rapids suspended winger Max Alves amid an investigation into match-fixing. [Image:]

The latest high-profile athlete to receive a suspension amid a gambling investigation is Colorado Rapids winger Max Alves. According to an ESPN report, the MLS team suspended the 21-year-old on Wednesday.

A statement from the Rapids confirmed that a player received a suspension, but did not identify the person. The MLS also revealed on Wednesday that it is conducting an investigation into unlawful gambling activity by a former and current player.

Brazilian media outlet O Globo linked Alves to a match-fixing scandal in the country. Prosecutors in the state of Goiás charged 16 people on Wednesday, including seven professional players.

alleges that Alves received $12,000 to get a yellow card during a game

O Globo alleges that Alves received $12,000 to get a yellow card during a game in September 2022 against the LA Galaxy. He received the card about 90 seconds after coming on as a substitute. Alves also reportedly put the former Houston Dynamo player Zeca in touch with the match-fixing ring.

Alves has been playing with the Rapids for the past couple of seasons, signing from Brazilian side Flamengo. He played in a dozen games this season before his suspension, including the Rapids’ game on Saturday against the Galaxy.

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