28 Feb 2013

Football match fixing bans go worldwide

10:59 am on 28 February 2013

Match-fixing bans for 74 football players and officials from Italy and South Korea have been extended worldwide.

FIFA says 70 bans from the Italian Football Federation, including 11 lifetime ones, have been extended after players and officials had been sanctioned for match-fixing in various hearings.

FIFA says bans were also extended in the cases of four South Koreans.

The extensions come just two days after FIFA announced 58 Chinese officials and players would also have their match-fixing bans extended worldwide.

FIFA has been especially keen to be seen to be cracking down on corruption since European anti-crime agency Europol announced on February 4th that around 680 matches were suspected of being fixed in a global betting scam run from Singapore.