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FIFA bans 74 more for match-fixing

February 27, 2013
By ESPN staff

A further 74 Italian and South Korean football officials and players have been banned by FIFA for involvement in match-fixing.

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Sanctions have been imposed on 70 people within Italian football, 11 of whom were banned for life after a series of prosecutions by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), and four new cases in South Korea which follow action taken against 10 people in June last year and a further 41 in January this year.

FIFA confirmed it has been presented with evidence from four investigations by the FIGC pertaining to "match fixing (direct involvement or omission to report match fixing), illegal betting or corrupt organisation (association to commit illicit acts)".

The FIGC and the Korean Football Association (KFA) were responsible for the initial enforcement of the suspensions at a national level, with FIFA's announcement on Wednesday ensuring that all active bans are now enforceable globally.

The announcement comes two days after FIFA applied worldwide sanctions on 58 players and officials in China for domestic match-fixing and bribery for cases dating back to the 1990s.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.