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FIFA bans referee for life after fixing

January 28, 2014
By ESPN staff

FIFA has given Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh a worldwide lifetime ban for fixing a match in exchange for sexual favours.

Sabbagh, 34, was originally jailed for six months and banned by the Asian Football Confederation from refereeing and attending stadiums after accepting sex as a bribe from a betting syndicate for rigging a match in April of last year.

Sabbagh and his assistants were due to take charge of an AFC Cup tie between Singapore-based Tampines Rovers and India's East Bengal on April 3, 2013, but were removed before the match and replaced.

FIFA also extended the 10-year bans on Sabbagh's assistants, Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, to apply globally.

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