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FIFA extends match-fixing sanctions to 74 individuals

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has confirmed the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed on 74 players and officials; 70 by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) and four the Korean Football Association (KFA).

The FIGC informed FIFA that in the course of three different proceedings during 2012, a number of 106 players and officials had been charged with match fixing (direct involvement or omission to report match fixing), illegal betting or corrupt organisation (association to commit illicit acts). Some of the players and officials were sanctioned in several different proceedings and received several different sanctions. In total, a number of 123 sanctions, ranging from one-month suspensions to life bans, were pronounced.

Once all domestic processes were complete, the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, swiftly decided to extend those domestic suspensions and bans that have not yet expired and/or have not been annulled on appeal. This has resulted in the extension worldwide of 76 sanctions, of which 11 are life bans. In the case of two players of foreign nationality (from Sierra Leone and Cameroon), the two respective national associations are also in the process of being notified of FIFA’s decisions.

On 15 January 2013, the FIGC informed FIFA that a fourth proceeding had been concluded, this time initially regarding 11 players and officials. The relevant decisions were then submitted on 20 February 2013 to the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which subsequently resulted in the extension of 6 sanctions imposed on further players and officials. The other five sanctions have already elapsed or have been annulled on appeal.

Meanwhile, on 27 December 2012, the KFA informed FIFA that four players had been sanctioned with life bans on any football related activity by the K-League Disciplinary Committee on 15 December 2011 and 16 August 2012. In one of the cases, the player had the possibility of having the ban lifted after a probation period of 2 years and community service of 200 hours. These decisions were extended by the KFA Disciplinary Committee to have nationwide effect on 27 April 2012 and 6 September 2012.

The relevant decisions were submitted on 20 February 2013 to the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, which resulted in the extension of the sanctions imposed on the four players.

The sanctions imposed on the players in the Korea Republic follow on from 10 football participants whose sanctions were extended in June 2012, and 41 players whose sanctions were extended in January 2013.

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