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SEOUL (Bloomberg) - Football's governing body gave global bans to 41 South Korean players for fixing matches in the country's K-League.

Fifa's disciplinary committee extended a domestic suspension to the rest of the world, it said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday.

The governing body said 21 of the players, who turned themselves in during a voluntary reporting period, may be able to return to the sport within two to five years. They will have to do community service such as youth club coaching before regaining their eligibility, Fifa said.

The players were not named in its statement.

The charges date to 2011, it said. In July that year, South Korean prosecutors indicted players from six of the K-League's 16 teams on charges they accepted bribes to influence games.

Most of the indicted players had been forced by colleagues and gang members to take part in match-fixing, the prosecutors' office in Changwon said at the time.