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John Textor was banned after X-rated rant over referee decision before Everton takeover bid

Prospective Everton owner John Textor is a very different kind of character than the club’s current majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and last month was sentenced by Brazil’s top sports court for ignoring orders to provide evidence to back up his claims of match-fixing after he called out the country’s football chief in a furious expletive-ridden rant on live television earlier this season.

While Moshiri tends to keep a low profile – his visit to Goodison Park for Everton’s 3-0 win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup fourth round on November 1 was the first game he had attended at Goodison Park since the 5-2 capitulation against Watford under Rafael Benitez over two years earlier – Textor is an extrovert character who is not shy of expressing his opinions and comfortable in front of the cameras.

On November 2, 2023, Textor’s Brazilian club Botafogo from Rio de Janeiro surrendered a 3-0 lead at home to Palmeiras to lose 4-3 with the balance of the game tipping when their centre-back Adryelson was sent off in the 76th minute, a point at which they were still 3-1 up. Their remaining 10 men collapsed to concede goals in the 84th and then 89th minute as Palmeiras drew level before striking a dramatic winner some nine minutes into stoppage time.

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Interviewed pitchside by Sportv Ao Vivo, an incandescent Textor complained: “The whole world saw it, that is not a red card, he got the ball first, if it’s even a foul I’m not sure. It’s not a red card, he changed the game, this is corruption, this is a theft.

“Please fine me Ednaldo (Ednaldo Rodrigues, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation at the time), you need to resign tomorrow morning, that’s what needs to happen, this championship has become a joke. Nobody deserves this, these players from Palmeiras, they don’t want to win this way, we don’t want to lose this way, it’s like five games in a row.

“Gentlemen you played a good game (addressing the players as they leave the field), it’s not your fault but this is f****** corruption. This has to change.

“This is theft. You can fine me, you can red card me, it’s my stadium, I’ll still be here.”

Ednaldo was removed from his post by a Rio de Janeiro court a month later on an unrelated matter. Inside the games reported on April 28 that Textor had rocked Brazilian football by repeatedly denouncing an alleged match-fixing scheme and he presented his allegations before a Senate commission investigating such suspicions.

Their article stated: “During three hours of questioning before the commission, led by former Brazil international striker and current Senator Romário, Textor denounced a “black box” in the way the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) selects referees. In particular, he cited examples of irregularities that would have benefited Palmeiras, the champions of 2023.

“Following that hearing, he presented documentation of the alleged manipulations contained in the report during a closed session of the Senate commission, but not to the Brazilian judiciary.

“Moreover, during a virtual session in which Textor did not appear, the majority of the plenary of the Superior Court of Justice of Sports (STJD) of Football also decided to impose a 45-day suspension and a fine of 100,000 reais (approximately £15,000) on the billionaire. Textor was accused of violating two articles of the Brazilian Sports Justice Code, which requires co-operation and compliance with the decisions of sports authorities.”

Textor, who had already served part of his ban in 2023 and had 17 days of absence remaining, did not appeal against the verdict.