AFC bans 22 players and officials for match fixing

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The Asian Football Confederation [AFC] Disciplinary Committee has dished out life bans to twenty-two individuals from Laos and Cambodia for involvement in the manipulation of matches involving Laos and the club side Lao Toyota FC.

Following the news that AFC Champions League title-holders Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea will be unable to defend their crown in 2017 as a consequence of their part in a 2013 bribery and match-fixing scandal, comes confirmation that game manipulation has ended the footballing careers of 22 players and officials in Laos and Cambodia.

Among those caught in the middle of these sanctions are Laos internationals Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay.

A full list of those banned can be seen below.

Vathana Keodouangdeth
Odien Syharlad
Sitthideth Khanthavong
Anousay Noyvong
Thenthong Phonsettha
Soulasack Vongsengdeuan
Vongdalasene Sayoulasouk
Paseuthsack Souliyavong
Xaisongkham Champathong
Khouanta Sivongthong
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)

The AFC investigation into this matter remains on-going. The clean-up project 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 will request that FIFA extend the bans to have world-wide effect.