1 Mar 2013

Lebanon coach "broken" after match-fixing scandal

6:11 am on 1 March 2013

Lebanon's football coach Theo Bucker says he's 'broken' and unsure about his future with the World Cup hopefuls after 24 players were punished for allegedly fixing international and club matches.

The Lebanese Football Federation has handed out the various penalties, including life bans for two members of the national side.

The German coach has been the driving force behind Lebanon's fairytale run to the final stages of World Cup qualifying for the first time, despite their world ranking of 178th just two years ago.

Bucker says he was in the same situation when he went to Lebanon 12 years ago.