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Brazilian star leaves fan red-faced as £133k payment spectacularly backfires

A football fan paid £133,000 to enable Internacional defender Rodinei to play in their crunch title clash with parent club Flamengo – only for the Brazilian to get himself sent off.

Rodinei, 29, joined Internacional on loan last year and has starred as the club go toe-to-toe with their fierce rivals for the Brazilian top-flight title.

But an agreement with Flamengo stipulated that he could not play against his parent club unless they received a 1 million Brazilian Real (£133,000/$185,000) payment.

That's where a fan stepped in, opting to give his team a no-strings attached sum ahead of the historic league clash on Sunday.

In an attempt to give his side the best chance of securing their first title since 1979, Maggi Scheffer stumped the huge payment to allow Rodinei to feature.

"Internacional this Friday received a 1 million real ($185,794.18) donation from Elusmar Maggi Scheffer,'' the club, known as the Colorado, or the Reds, said in a statement.

"The Colorado fan signed an agreement that gives the club the money with no strings attached. Our sincerest thanks."

Brazilian media said the money would ensure Rodinei's participation and identified Scheffer as a wealthy farmer from the country's centre-west region.

The 29-year old right back joined Inter from Flamengo on loan last year and has been a regular starter in their successful campaign so far.

Ahead of the clash, Inter were top of Brazil's Serie A table one point ahead of Flamengo, with just two games remaining.

The two sides eventually met on Sunday at the Maracana stadium – but it it didn't go as planned for Rodinei.

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  • The 29-year-old made a costly mistake at the start of the second half in an attempt to challenge Filipe Luis, earning the defender a red card.

    Flamengo won the match 2-1 and are now two points clear of fierce rivals Internacional with just one game of the regular season remaining.

    A very costly-mistake indeed from Rodinei – and one that has left Internacional facing a nervous wait in their title pursuit.

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