FIFA bans 45 Lao players from playing for life for match-fixing
11 Jan 2022 | 07:55 | Football
Lao football continues to be heavily affected by match-fixing after the latest scandal took place in 2020.
According to BallThai , 45 Lao players have received FIFA’s lifetime punishment for match-fixing.
General Secretary of the Lao Football Federation Kanya Keomany shared: “These 45 players all play in men’s football. They are banned for life by FIFA for participating in match-fixing. years in different international tournaments”.
The match between Laos and Indonesia at the AFF Cup is one of the results in doubt about transparency.
At the AFF Cup 2020, Laos’ matches against Malaysia and Indonesia in the group stage were also accused of match-fixing on social networks. Money odds on betting sites on these matches have strange signals. While on the field, the Laos team also made “smelly” substitutions, such as bringing two central defenders into the field after the first half or playing superficially at decisive goals.
Match-fixing is not a new thing in Lao football. In July 2020, former Laos player Thipphonexay Inthavongsa was permanently banned from playing for his part in fixing the score of Laos’ 0-4 defeat against Hong Kong (China) in October 2017. Lao Football Federation is the party denouncing Inthavongsa.
Southeast Asian football is no stranger to match-fixing. News-Fox 24 said that 2 months ago, Indonesian football saw a match with 5 players participating in match-fixing. This group agreed to sell the match to receive 150 million rupees to fix the match but was discovered.