Brazilian players linked to car-smuggling ring

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Prosecutors are accusing Brazilian players Emerson and Diguinho of having links with a smuggling ring that illegally brought a BMW car into Brazil from the United States.

Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro want to charge the players with contraband and money-laundering, and said their names came up during an investigation into a ring that illegally bought and sold cars from abroad.

If charged and convicted, the players could face from four to 14 years in prison.

A federal judge will analyze the evidence before any possible charges are filed.

Corinthians striker Emerson and Fluminense midfielder Diguinho deny wrongdoing and say the purchase was concluded lawfully.