• AFC bans 5 in Nepal, 1 in Tajikistan for life


    KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Football Confederation has imposed lifetime bans for match-fixing on four 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 four players — Bikash Singh Chhetri, Sandip Rai, Ritesh Thapa and Sagar Thapa — were found guilty of offences 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.



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