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Soccer champ fakes his age!

Carlos Alberto de Oliveira, a Brazil soccer player who faked his age for playing in under-20 World Cup was suspended when his actual age was found to be 29.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 18:32 IST
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Brazilian sporting authorities have suspected Figuerense's Carlos Alberto de Oliveira for a year on charges of falsifying documents to shave five years off his age, media reports said.

However, de Oliveira could reduce his sentence by six months by paying a fine, said Rubens Approbato, the president of the Supreme Sporting Justice Tribunal that ruled on the case Wednesday. Approbato said that the winger had cooperated with prosecutors, identifying his agent Joacyr de Oliveira as the organiser of the fraud.

Carlos Alberto played for Brazil's under-20 World Cup team that won the 2003 competition in the United Arab Emirates, using documents giving his birth date as Jan 24, 1983. He was, in fact born in 1978, and will turn 29 in January.