Press releases 15th February 2017

Twenty-two players and officials banned for life for match-fixing

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary Committee has issued a life 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 side Lao Toyota FC. 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 for tough sanctions for match manipulation. The decisions have been notified to the Lao Football Federation and the Football Federation of Cambodia. The AFC will request FIFA to extend the bans to have world-wide effect.

• This media release was originally published by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 15 February 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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