Match-fixing: FIFA probe Myanmar World Cup qualifiers

February 18 – FIFA is investigating suspected match-fixing in Myanmar’s 7-0 defeat in a World Cup qualifier last year.

“We are looking into this matter,” FIFA said Tuesday, confirming reports in Myanmar media which said officials had visited the country to question players.

“Anyone found guilty of match manipulation will be subject to severe sanctions as FIFA has recently introduced minimum bans of five years.”

Myanmar was beaten 7-0 in an away qualifier at Kyrgyzstan in October – a third straight loss in qualifying after September defeats in Mongolia and at home to Japan.

Myanmar has since won two games under a new coach and next plays group leader Japan  in March plus the return fixture against Kyrgyzstan.

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