FIFA imposes worldwide bans on referees and players

By Drum Digital
29 August 2013

Football players and referees from Armenia, Estonia, Lebanon and Tunisia have been banned around the world in connection with match-fixing, the ruling body FIFA said in a statement on their website Thursday.

The sanctions include life bans for Armenian referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant referee Hovhannes Avagyan after they admitted to a fixing attempt at a Europa League qualifier last month.

Also banned around the world, until a final verdict from the Asian confederation, is Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh, accused of trying to fix an Asian cup match in Singapore. Sabbagh is currently serving a prison sentence in Singapore after being found guilty of agreeing to fix games in exchange for sexual favors.


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