22 May 2010

Switzerland bans nine in connection with match-fixing

12:16 pm on 22 May 2010

Nine Swiss-based lower-division football players have been banned, including five indefinitely, in connection with a match-fixing scandal uncovered last year by German police.

The Switzerland Football Federation banned one player for 36 months, two for 24 months and one for 12 months.

German police said last month that they had dismantled a gang with more than 200 suspected members operating in nine European leagues.

Police in Germany, Britain, Austria and Switzerland cracked down on the ring, staging simultaneous raids that resulted in 15 arrests in Germany and two in Switzerland.