AFC bans 4 Nepal footballers, 2 officials for match-fixing

Agence France-Presse
AFC bans 4 Nepal footballers, 2 officials for match-fixing
The Asian Football Confederation imposes lifetime bans on 4 players, an official in Nepal, and a Tajik referee

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Asian Football Confederation has imposed lifetime bans for match-fixing on 4 players and an official in Nepal and a Tajik referee.

“These cases show that the AFC’s strategy against match-fixing is delivering concrete results,” the regional body said in a statement late Friday, adding that it has “a zero tolerance to match-manipulation”.

Nepali official Anjan K.C. and the 4 players – Bikash Singh Chhetri, Sandip Rai, Ritesh Thapa and Sagar Thapa – were found guilty of offenses relating to various friendly internationals during the period 2008-2012.

Tajik referee Murtazoev Parviz was found guilty of conspiring to influence the result of an October 6, 2015 match between the Maldives and Tajikistan in the AFC U-19 Championship.

Parviz, who was the game’s appointed referee liaison officer, attempted to corrupt the match referee who reported the offense.

All six had been provisionally banned by the regional governing body’s disciplinary committee in October. –

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