FIFA can confirm the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) against two Lebanese match officials relating to match-manipulation investigations.

The AFC has provisionally banned assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb from all football-related activities until such time as the AFC Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision on the matter of both match officials attempting to manipulate an AFC Cup match in April. The provisional measures imposed by the AFC 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 sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

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.