In what is one allegation after another in the world of soccer, on the pitch and off, the negative press among players, agents and executives continues. FIFA announced the suspension of eight players from Estonia and one from Lebanon for their roles in match manipulation and fraud.
The Estonian players were suspended from matches and training for one year for accepting money from a bookmaker during domestic league and cup matches, including the Meistriliiga and the Estonian Cup. The Meistriliiga is highest division of the Estonian Football Association.
The Estonian Football Association announced the suspension on March 1st for the players from all matches and training within the country. Marcel Mathier, Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, extended the sanctions worldwide on May 6th, in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. Article 78 discusses the authority and jurisdiction of the Chairman without the ruling of the entire committee.
Additionally, FIFA levied a stricter punishment for the Lebanese footballer:
The lifetime ban imposed on the Lebanese player follows investigations by the Lebanese FA-appointed investigation committee beginning in January that related to actions of betting and corruption committed by some Lebanese officials and players during certain official matches of the Lebanese national team and other matches of the AFC Cup.
The lifetime ban charged to the Lebanese player follows investigations by the investigation committee organized by the Lebanese Football Association. The actions of betting and corruption committed by officials and players during certain official matches of the Lebanese national team and other matches of the AFC Cup.
FIFA continues to work closely with its member associations, governing bodies, and INTERPOL to fight the issue of match fixing and fraud.
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