AFC dismisses appeals against life bans for Nepalese match-fixers

AFC headquarter KL

August 25 – The AFC Appeal Committee has dismissed appeals lodged by four Nepal players and one official against their life-time bans from any football-related activities for match-fixing offences.

The official Anjan K.C. and the four players, Bikash Singh Chhetri, Sandip Rai, Ritesh Thapa and Sagar Thapa, were given their lifetime bans Last December after a year-long investigation coordinated between the AFC and Sportradar, as well as the Metropolitan Crime Division of the Nepal Police and the UEFA integrity unit.

The bans were for betting related match-fixing offences in various friendly international Nepalese A team fixtures between 2008 and 2012. They were found guilty of violating article 62 (corruption) and 69 (match fixing) of the AFC Disciplinary Code.

The matches that were found to be fixed were two games against Afghanistan, home fixtures against Cameroon and the Phillippines as well as an U23 match against Malaysia.

The AFC has recently increased its fight against match-fixing and upgraded its deal with Sportradar to monitor matches with it fraud detection system. The confederation also has introduced an education module in what it says must be a “zero tolerance” approach to match-fixing and fixers.

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