11 Aug 2011

Six officials given life bans for match-fixing

6:02 am on 11 August 2011

Six football match officials have been banned for life by FIFA over match-fixing in two friendlies played in Turkey this year in which seven penalties were awarded.

The officials, three from Bosnia and three from Hungary, were involved in the Latvia-Bolivia and Bulgaria-Estonia matches played in the Turkish resort of Antalya.

Latvia won 2-1 and the other game ended 2-2, all the goals coming from penalties including one in the first match which was taken twice.

Following the matches, FIFA tightened the rules over friendlies, which until then have been a free-for-all with no control from the sport's governing body.

FIFA said it would have to be informed who was refereeing each match and that it would intervene in the future if it saw anything suspicious.