Asian cham­pi­ons’ match-fix­ing ban

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

KUALA LUMPUR:

Asian ti­tle-hold­ers Jeon­buk Hyundai Mo­tors could be banned from next year’s AFC Cham­pi­ons League over a match-fix­ing scan­dal af­ter a new eli­gi­bil­ity body was un­veiled yesterday. Jeon­buk, who lifted the Asian tro­phy in Novem­ber, two months af­ter they were pun­ished for match-fix­ing in South Korea’s KLeague, face a pos­si­ble one-year ban by the five-mem­ber panel.

The Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion said the in­de­pen­dent En­try Con­trol Body, led by China’s Liu Chi, will make de­ci­sions based on a new doc­u­ment set­ting out rules for eli­gi­bil­ity. Any clubs in­volved in “ar­rang­ing or in­flu­enc­ing the out­come of a match at na­tional or in­ter­na­tional level” will be barred from the Asian com­pe­ti­tion for one sea­son, the doc­u­ment says.

“The AFC has a zero tol­er­ance to­wards match ma­nip­u­la­tion and has done more than many other bod­ies to tackle that threat to sport,” AFC gen­eral sec­re­tary Wind­sor John said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the new body. “We are also de­ter­mined to pro­tect the sport­ing in­tegrity of our com­pe­ti­tions which are now re­garded as some of the best in the world.” Asia’s foot­ball au­thor­i­ties have long strug­gled against match­fix­ing, with ma­jor scan­dals seen in a swathe of coun­tries in­clud­ing South Korea and China. — AFP

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