RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - A Brazilian referee was arrested on Saturday over allegations that he was involved in a match-fixing scheme which affected games in this year's national championship, a police spokesman said.

Edilson Pereira de Carvalho, also a FIFA referee, was arrested by federal police in his hometown Jacarei in the state of Sao Paulo following allegations he accepted bribes from an illegal Internet gambling ring to fix matches, the spokesman added.

Television pictures showed Carvalho being taken in handcuffs to federal police headquarters in Sao Paulo.

Carvalho was also suspended by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), along with Paulo Jose Danelon, after allegations which were published by the weekly news magazine Veja.

Carvalho has refereed 11 matches in this year's Brazilian championship.

"In view of the serious allegations published by the media ... Edilson Pereira de Carvalho and Paulo Jose Danelon, mentioned in the reports as part of an alleged scheme for manipulating results in the Brazilian championship, have been removed from the list of national referees," said a CBF statement.

The CBF, which plans to set up a commission to investigate, added that CBF president Ricardo Teixeira would travel to the Zurich headquarters of soccer's governing body FIFA on Monday to ask for Carvalho to be suspended internationally.

Public prosecutors said businessman Nagib Fayad was also arrested on Saturday, accused of belonging to a gambling ring based in Sao Paulo and the provincial city of Piracicaba.

Roberto Porto, of the public prosecutors' office in Sao Paulo, said Carvalho sometimes negotiated with the gambling ring minutes before kickoff.

"Sometimes, they settled on the price before the game with the referee in the dressing-room," he told a media conference.

Porto added that each match day the gambling ring moved between $87,300 and $174,600 while Carvalho received around $4,366 per game.

Figueirense president Norton Flors Doppre, whose team's 2-1 defeat to Vasco and 4-1 win to Figueirense are on the list of 11 suspect matches, said: "From the start of the championship, we suspected something different was happening."

The championship continued as normal on Saturday amid speculation that the 11 games refereed by Carvalho would have to be replayed. The Estado news agency quoted Teixeira as saying he was against the idea of halting the competition. (Additional reporting by Andrei Khalip in Rio de Janeiro)