AFC bans 5 in Nepal amid football match-fixing probe
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 20, 2015 03:13 AM
FILE – In this Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo, Nepal soccer team captain Sagar Thapa attends a press conference on the eve of their 2018 World Cup qualifying match against India in Gauhati, India. A Nepal police official said Thursday, Oct. 15 that Thapa and other team members have been arrested on charges relating to match-fixing. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath, File)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Asian Football Confederation has banned the four players and an official who were arrested in Nepal last week amid an investigation into match-fixing.
Nepal captain Sagar Thapa and four others were arrested last Wednesday and accused of taking money from bookmakers in Malaysia and Singapore to lose matches.
A police official said the alleged match-fixing dated from 2009 and included matches against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The AFC issued a statement Monday saying a year-long investigation in conjunction with Sportradar and Nepali police resulted in the provisional suspensions, and it had asked the sport's international governing body to have them imposed worldwide.
The other players identified were Bikash Singh Chhetri, Sandip Rai and Ritesh Thapa, and the official is listed as Anjan K.C.