Twenty-Two Players, Officials Banned For Life for Match Manipulation | Lao Tribune

Twenty-Two Players, Officials Banned For Life for Match Manipulation

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary Committee has issued a lifetime ban from football-related activities to twenty-two individuals from Laos and Cambodia for involvement in the manipulation of matches involving the representative teams of Laos and the club Lao Toyota FC.

This is according to a posting on the Asian Football Confederation website http://www.the-afc.com/media-releases on February 15.

Those individuals are: Vathana Keodouangdeth, Odien Syharlad, Sitthideth Khanthavong, Anousay Noyvong, Thenthong Phonsettha, Soulasack Vongsengdeuan, Vongdalasene Sayoulasouk, Paseuthsack Souliyavong , Xaisongkham Champathong , Khouanta Sivongthong , Maitee, Dao Khotsaya, Soubandit Thammavong, Phoutthakone Keovongsa, Soulixay Inthasene, Seny Sangsuvanh, Hang Sukonthea, Peas Sothy, Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya (provisionally suspended in November 2016), Chintana Souksavath (provisionally suspended in November 2016), Moukda Souksavath (provisionally suspended in November 2016), MPhatthana Syvilay (provisionally suspended in November 2016).

Of the 22 individuals, 15 are current or former Laos or Lao Toyota FC players.

The AFC investigation into the manipulation of matches involving the representative teams of the Lao Football Federation commenced in 2014 and remains ongoing. The investigation has been supported by Sportradar and the FIFA Integrity Unit. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, specific details including the relevant matches will not be disclosed.

The AFC has a zero-tolerance policy on match-fixing and its regulations provide tough sanctions for match manipulation.

The Lao Football Federation and the Football Federation of Cambodia have been notified about the decision. The AFC will request that FIFA extends the bans world-wide.

Source: Lao News Agency