The Straits Times
Published on Feb 27, 2013

AFC opens investigation into Lebanese matchfixing, defender denies claims


KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - The Asian Football Confederation are investigating a report of matchfixing in Lebanon, the regional body said on Wednesday, after the World Cup hopefuls handed out punishments to 22 players for rigging games.

The Lebanese Football Federation on Tuesday announced the punishments, including lifetime bans for Malaysian-based defender Ramez Dayoub and Indonesian-based forward Mahmoud El Ali, after a two-month investigation involving over 60 witnesses.

"We have received a report today and our disciplinary committee are looking into it," an AFC spokesman said.

Dayoub, who along with Ali was fined US$15,000 (S$18.765), denied the allegations and said he would fight to clear his name.