Brazilian football is in uproar this week after video evidence appeared to identify that Gremio colluded with Flamengo during their final match of the season to surrender the match to the red and blacks. In doing so, Flamengo ran out 2-1 winners which saw the Rio giants claim their first league title in 17 years.
The evidence of collusion breaks down into three main components.
With 20 minutes remaining in the match, at which point the hosts had moved into a 2-1 lead, Gremio made their one and only substitution of the match. In doing so the cameras followed the on-coming Mithyue as he made his way onto the field, during which time the midfielder was seen mouthing to his teammates “NÃ£o chuta no gol” – meaning “Don’t shoot on goal anymore.”
Soon after the cameras picked up on a sly conversation between Flamengo forward Adriano and Gremio’s Leo, in which the players craftily covered their mouths with their hands so as to deny viewers the opportunity to lip read. Were the players discussing a mundane topic, or was this another conversation confirming that the teams had agreed to allow Flamengo to win the match?
Then, the final piece of evidence pointing to collusion occurred in the final section of the match as Gremio appeared to willfully squander a goal-scoring opportunity. With 15 minutes on the clock the visitors had the chance to knock a dangerous ball into the box from a free-kick, which home keeper Bruno could only parry to a Gremio striker 2-yards from goal. Amazingly though, with the goal gaping, the Gremio player managed to slice his shot way off target when, arguably, it was easier to score.
With Flamengo going on to claim the victory, the big losers where Internacional who, despite being Santo Andre, missed out on the title by two points.
Video evidence of Gremio’s alleged collusion with Flamengo can be seen here.