12:17 Wednesday 9 January 2013

Match-fixing life bans for 41 Koreans

Additional 21 players receive 2-5 year bans

PARIS, Jan 9, 2013 (AFP) - World governing body FIFA on Wednesday announced extended sanctions for 41 South Korean players following a 2011 match-fixing scandal in the domestic league.

Korea's K-League and the Korea Football Association's disciplinary committees agreed the sanctions and now FIFA's Disciplinary Committee has extended them worldwide.

Another 21 players who admitted their part in the match-fixing affair and also recanted will be allowed to return to the game after after a probation period of between two and five years.

But they will have to do football-related community service first, including coaching youngsters and disabled players.

The match-fixing scandal erupted in 2011 when some 50 players and coaches from six K-League sides were charged with taking money to rig games.

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