Former Brazilian Champions Fluminense Have Shock Relegation Overturned, Reinstated To Serie A

Chris Wright

17th, December 2013


By Chris Wright

Brazil Copa Libertadores Soccer

Remember last week when we bought you the news that former 2010 and 2012 Brazilian champions Fluminense had become the first ever side to be relegated from Serie A as reigning champions?

You do? Well forget it. The information we gave you is no longer current or correct.

Thanks to a ruling by Brazil’s national court of sport, the Superior Court of Sporting Justice, Fluminense have had their record-breaking relegation overturned with Portuguesa being relegated down to Serie B in their place after the latter were docked four points yesterday for naming a suspended player as a substitute.

Portuguesa have professed their innocence and have vowed to appeal the decision, with club president Manuel da Lupa that the error was a “genuine mistake” caused by crossed wires between coaching staff and a lawyer representing the club.

However, presiding judge Paulo Valed Perry was not about to let Portuguesa’s ignorance slide, saying: “It’s no excuse for them to say they didn’t know.”

Flu, for the time being at least, have been reinstated back up into the top tier.

You’ve got to love Brazilian football sometimes. Most of the time they don’t even try to pretend that they’re not making it up as they go along!

Stay tuned…

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  1. Archduke Fritz Ferdinand says:

    Reminds me of the case in Argentina a few years ago when River Plate was relegated.
    The FA planned to change the league system, maybe they did, so that River would stay in the first league.

  2. Al says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Premier League handle it when Man United get relegated this year

  3. Doraemoninho says:

    I heard that the matches they lost happened to be played on “opposite day” (although nobody realized it at the time), so the court declared that they were actually unbeaten this whole season!

  4. Manurung says:

    @Al, briliant XD

  5. Giancarlo says:

    @Al Hahaha well done. Brazil is just plagued with so many soccer related stories this year. Wait until the World Cup gets played in Europe instead because of striking workers and unfinished stadia

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