FIFA extends worldwide sanctions for match manipulation
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FIFA can today confirm the extension of sanctions imposed on a number of individuals relating to match-manipulation investigations conducted by UEFA, the AFC, the Estonian Football Association and the Tunisian Football Association, to have worldwide effect.

The sanctions relate to the following cases:

• UEFA has banned referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant referee Hovhannes Avagyan, both of Armenia, from all football-related activities for life following an investigation relating to their admitted involvement in attempting to manipulate a UEFA Europa League match in July 2013. The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body passed the decision on 22 August 2013. The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

• The Estonian Football Association has banned the Estonian player Elvis Liivamägi from all football-related activities for life following domestic match-manipulation investigations. The decision by the Estonian FA Disciplinary Committee on 7 August 2013 was upheld by the association’s Appeals Committee on 23 August 2013 after the player’s appeal against the imposed sanction was rejected. The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanction to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

• The AFC has provisionally banned Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh from all football-related activities until such time as the AFC Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision on the matter of the referee attempting to manipulate an AFC Cup match in Singapore in April 2013. The provisional measures, imposed by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on 19 August 2013 and notified to the Lebanese Football Association on 20 August 2013, may not be valid for longer than 30 days (art. 132 par. 1 of the AFC Disciplinary Code) and this period may be extended only once by 20 days (art. 132 par. 2 of the AFC Disciplinary Code). The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanction to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. It follows the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed on two Lebanese assistant referees involved in related investigations.

• The Tunisian Football Association has provisionally suspended players Marouane Troudi and Mahmoud Dridi as well as the official Amir Jaziri from all football-related activities until such time as the Tunisian FA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision on the respective cases, which relate to domestic match manipulation. The Tunisian FA is currently conducting its own investigations, in parallel with the criminal investigations of the Tunisian judicial authorities, which are still ongoing. The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

The decisions by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in relation to the above cases were duly notified to the respective confederations and member associations on 28 August 2013.

FIFA continues to work closely with its member associations and the confederations to tackle the issue of match manipulation. As part of a ten-year programme of collaboration with INTERPOL, regional workshops are being organised all over the world to educate stakeholders and provide them with tools to better protect the integrity of the game.

Other FIFA initiatives include the signing of an integrity declaration by officials, the monitoring of the betting market via its subsidiary Early Warning System (EWS) and the setting up of an e-learning ethics tool, an integrity hotline and e-mail address, and a confidential reporting system.