FIFA Imposes Worldwide Ban On 23 Players In Lebanese Match-Fixing Scandal
FIFA "has imposed a worldwide ban on 23 players and one official found guilty of match-fixing" by the Lebanon FA, according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. The global ban "follows sanctions imposed by the Lebanese FA in February against those involved in the scandal." It "handed out various penalties to the 24 including life bans for defender Ramez Dayoub and forward Mahmoud El-Ali, following allegations that international and regional games were rigged." The Lebanese "conducted a two-month investigation involving over 60 witnesses," which was led by West Asian Football Federation General Secretary Fadi Zreiqat, who said the "international and club games were targeted by fixers" (REUTERS, 4/24).