AFC hands life ban to two Laos players for match-fixing

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has hit two Laos internationals namely Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana with life bans for conspiracy to fix a match, the body revealed on Wednesday.

It was discovered that duo committed offenses under Article 66.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code when they tried to manipulate the result of a game between Laos and Hong Kong on October 5, 2017. Therefore, the duo will not take part in any soccer-related activities for life, the AFC said.

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“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.

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“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.”

The statement also revealed that investigation was ongoing and that further details would be disclosed.

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