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Football: Lebanon coach 'broken' after matchfixing scandal

Published on Feb 28, 2013 5:59 PM
 
Lebanon coach Theo Bucker said he was "broken" and unsure if he would continue in the job with the World Cup hopefuls after 24 players were punished for allegedly fixing international and club matches. The Lebanese Football Federation handed out the various penalties, including life bans for defender Ramez Dayoub (pictured) and forward Mahmoud El-Ali. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Lebanon coach Theo Bucker said he was "broken" and unsure if he would continue in the job with the World Cup hopefuls after 24 players were punished for allegedly fixing international and club matches.

The Lebanese Football Federation handed out the various penalties, including life bans for defender Ramez Dayoub and forward Mahmoud El-Ali, on Tuesday with the Asian Football Confederation's disciplinary committee also investigating.

The German coach has been the driving force behind Lebanon's fairytale run to the final stages of World Cup qualifying for the first time as the West Asians chase an unlikely place in Brazil.

"A whole country was hoping to do something different. Now everything has been demolished," the German told United Arab Emirates newspaper Sport 360.

 
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