26 Oct 2013

Australia suspend individuals charged in fixing scandal

9:12 am on 26 October 2013

Four players and a coach facing criminal charges related to match-fixing in Australia's second tier Victorian Premier League have been suspended from all football activities.

The multi-million dollar racket, which had links with betting syndicates in Malaysia and Hungary, was smashed by the Australian police, who acted on information provided by the Football Federation of Australia.

The FFA has suspended the five Southern Stars individuals under its National Code of Conduct for bringing the game into disrepute.

The FFA has also written to world governing body FIFA to extend the bans on the individuals worldwide.

The case had sent shockwaves across sports-obsessed Australia, where rival football codes have already been rocked by anti-doping investigations involving players, coaches and officials in recent months.