The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the country's governing body for soccer, and the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), the governance and integrity coalition of more than 70 international multi-industry members, have signed a cooperation agreement aiming to work on the integrity of Brazilian soccer.

The deal entails a comprehensive process of reforms aimed at enhancing the integrity, reputation, and credibility of professional soccer in the country.

Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, said: “We have established a very important partnership to fight against all types of criminality affecting football, such as match-fixing, money laundering, racism, and harassment.

“With solid expertise in all these topics, SIGA is the world’s largest institution in Sport Integrity. They operate independently, always ensuring that sport becomes cleaner and more transparent. That’s what CBF is pursuing too. SIGA will work with the Integrity Unit at CBF, which has been engaged with all the major institutions in the world.”

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, global chief executive of SIGA and president and chief executive of SIGA Latin America, added: “Brazilian football can and should be more than its past glories. It can and must look to the future and realize its potential. To be modern, competitive, and sustainable. With a reformist vision, future strategy, and long-term objectives.

“A football of causes, not cases. Free from scandals, opportunists, and suspicions. Football regulated, managed, and administered under the highest standards of good governance and integrity.

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“Brazil can no longer wait – this is what I have been hearing from everyone I have spoken with. The window of opportunity is narrow, and there is, undoubtedly, a lot of work ahead.”

SIGA also has similar agreements with UEFA, the European Rugby League, European Aquatics, the International Chess Federation, the São Paulo Football Federation, and Liga Portugal.

In January this year, Brazilian justice minister Gilmar Mendes ordered Rodrigues to be reinstated as the president of CBF, the country's governing body for soccer, after overturning the previous ruling by the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice.