The Rapids have reportedly suspended Max Alves from all team activities amid allegations of “unlawful sports gambling.”
The Colorado Rapids reportedly banned midfielder Max Alves from all team activities because he was reportedly involved in “illegal sports gambling,” according to the Denver Post.
The Rapids confirmed Wednesday that a player was “banned from all team activities” following reports of gambling, but did not reveal the player’s name.
“We are aware of the reports of a Colorado Rapids player in connection with illegal sports gambling. We take matters of this nature seriously and strive to protect the integrity of the game at all times. The player was banned from all team activities during MLS.” is conducting an investigation into the matter.”
The Post reported that the player in question is Alves.
Alves is reportedly under investigation in Brazil in connection with a match-fixing scandal, according to Brazilian newspaper O Globo. Alves is accused of accepting match-fixing money to carry out certain actions during matches. Alves was reportedly paid around $12,000 last September for receiving a yellow card during a game against the LA Galaxy.
Shortly after the game started, he received a yellow card.
Brazilian authorities reportedly discovered the payment after confiscating WhatsApp texts. Alves is one of 16 people, including seven players, under investigation by the Brazilian authorities. According to the Post, Alves is reportedly “the only player playing outside of Brazil who is involved in the scheme”.
Alves signed a four-year deal with the Rapids in January 2022. Previously, Alves played for Flamengo in Brazil.