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FIFA Bans Eight Players For Life Over Match-Fixing

The Federation of International Football (FIFA) has banned eight current and former players, including an agent on Wednesday after they were found guilty of match manipulation.

Among those banned were former Sierra Leone captain, Ibrahim Kargbo and ex-Trinidad and Tobago defender Keyeno Thomas who were believed to have attempted to fix matches.

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Other players are those from Benin, Afghanistan and Cuba, while the agent is Zimbabwean agent, Kudzanai Shaba.

Kenyan defender, George Owino Audi received a 10-year ban and a fine of 15,000 Swiss francs (13,165 euros).

In a statement, FIFA said it opened disciplinary proceedings after investigation showed that Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer, had attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.

“This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA over several years through its integrity department and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities,” a statement by FIFA said.

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