Wednesday, 29 January 2014

FIFA imposes lifetime ban on Lebanese referee over sexual bribes

FIFA says it imposed a worldwide lifetime ban on Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh, who agreed to fix an
April 2013 match in Singapore in exchange for sexual favors. The Asian Football Confederation had previously banned Sabbagh from refereeing and attending stadiums this month.

FIFA also extended 10-year bans on Sabbagh’s assistants, Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, to apply globally. In another similar case, FIFA applied a worldwide 14-year-ban on former Slovakia international Ivan Hodur for his involvement in the fixing of top-tier league matches. FIFA also confirmed a 25-year-ban for former DAC 1904 player Marian Dirnbach and an 18-year ban for current player Tomas Huber.

FIFA provisionally suspended English semi-professional players Hakeem Adelakun and Michael Boateng, who are facing criminal prosecution, and an unidentified El Salvador national team player.

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