July 13 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned former Timor-Leste Technical Director Orlando Marques Henriques (pictured) for life for serious match-fixing offences.
The AFC’s Disciplinary and Ethics Committee said Orlando had violated Article 69 and Article 62 of the AFC Disciplinary Code (2014 Edition).
He was found guilty of agreeing to accept $15,000 from Rajendran s/o Kurusamy, a third party, to arrange for seven players from the Federacao Futebol Timor-Leste team to lose to Malaysia on 30 May 2015 during the Southeast Asian Games.
Orlando was recently released from prison in Singapore after he had previously pleaded guilty to various offences relating to the matter.
The same AFC Committee also agreed to suspend Javier Aguirre, head coach of United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda for three matches for making provocative gestures and spitting in the direction of spectators following his dismissal during the 8 May 2017, AFC Champions League Group D match against Persepolis FC (IRN).
Also sanctioned were Brunei U-20 Futsal Head Coach, Qusmaini Noor B. Hj Rusli, and Malaysian U-20 Futsal players, Muhammad Aidil Shahril Bin Rosli and Muhammad Farikh Bin Khabibor Rahman for undertaking conduct which caused a conflict of interest during this year’s AFC U-20 Futsal Championship in Thailand.
Qusmaini Noor failed to disclose to the AFC prior to the start of the competition that a company controlled or represented by him was party to an existing sponsorship agreement with Muhammad Aidil Shahril.
Two days prior to the match between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam on May 20, both players had accepted a free pair of ‘Breaker’ brand futsal shoes to use in the competition from Qusmaini Noor. Officials from the Football Association of Malaysia, after learning of the matter, reported it to the AFC.
For his part, Qusmaini Noor has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity for three months for violating Article 70.7 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code on three occasions.
Muhammad Aidil Shahril and Muhammad Farikh have been banned similarly for two months for violating Article 70.7 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code. Both have been informed that a repeat violation of this provision will be met with more severe punishment.
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