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AFC lay down iron hand against match-fixing; four players banished for life

In an official statement dated August 2, 2019, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee imposed lifetime bans to four footballers who, after investigation, have been proven guilty of committing match-fixing violations.

The exact statement are as follows:

“The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) zero-tolerance approach to the manipulation of football matches in its jurisdiction was demonstrated when the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee banned four players for life.”

The four severely sanctioned individuals are Kursanbek Sheratov, Vladimir Verevkin, Iliaz Alimov and Abduaziz Mahkamov.

Sheratov, of Kyrgyz Republic, was found guilty of being involved in a match-fixing conspiracy involving his Kyrgyz Republic-based club Dordoi FC in the 2017 AFC Cup and was also found guilty of supporting betting activity in connection with this particular match. The two findings were in violation of Articles 66 and 69 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code.

Verevkin and Alimov, also of the Kyrgyz Republic, were found guilty of being involved in a match-fixing conspiracy involving their Kyrgyz club FC Alay in the 2017 and/or 2018 season of the AFC Cup.

Meanwhile, Mahkamov who is from Tajikistan, was found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy of match-fixing involving the same club, FC Alay, in the 2017 and 2018 seasons of the AFC Cup.

The three individuals were charged for violating Article 66 of the same code.

All four personalities are sanctioned to as banned for life.

The AFC currently has been staunch in its efforts to uphold integrity in its competitions implementing serious efforts to stamp out attempts at match manipulation by handing out severe punishments to grave violators.

Article 66 tackles on unlawfully influencing match results while Article 69 deals about participating in betting. The code and its provisions can be found and referred to in AFC’s official website.

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