Nepal five deny match-fixing after treason charges


KATHMANDU: Nepal’s national football captain, goalkeeper and three other players charged with treason appeared in court and denied any involvement in alleged match-fixing in World Cup qualifiers, an official said on Monday. Skipper Sagar Thapa and goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa are among five players who recorded their statements in court after being taken into custody last month following a series of arrests in the capital. Prosecutors sought life sentences for all five after they were charged on Sunday under a 1989 act against unlawfully jeopardizing Nepal’s sovereignty, integrity or national unity.



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