Asian Football Confederation hands life bans to two Laos internationals for conspiring to fix match

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has handed life bans to Laos internationals Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana for conspiring to fix a match, Asian football’s governing body said on Wednesday.

Reuters February 26, 2020 14:18:31 IST
Asian Football Confederation hands life bans to two Laos internationals for conspiring to fix match
  • Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana were found to have committed offences under Article 66.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code

  • The two footballers had attempted to manipulate the result of a game between Hong Kong and Laos on 5 October, 2017

  • Both players will not be able to take part in any football-related activities for life, the AFC said

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has handed life bans to Laos internationals Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana for conspiring to fix a match, Asian football’s governing body said on Wednesday.

Asian Football Confederation hands life bans to two Laos internationals for conspiring to fix match

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The duo were found to have committed offences under Article 66.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code when they attempted to manipulate the result of a game between Hong Kong and Laos on 5 October, 2017.

Both players will not be able to take part in any football-related activities for life, the AFC said.

“The Lao Football Federation has been informed of the decisions and the AFC will request FIFA to extend the bans worldwide in due course,” the AFC said in a statement.

“The latest sanction demonstrates the AFC is fully committed to its zero-tolerance policy on match-fixing and its regulations provide for tough sanctions for match manipulation.”

It added that no further details would be disclosed with an investigation ongoing.

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