Football players and referees from Armenia, Estonia, Lebanon and
Tunisia have been banned around the world in connection with match-fixing, the
ruling body FIFA said in a statement on their website Thursday.
The sanctions include life bans for Armenian referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant referee Hovhannes Avagyan after they admitted to a fixing attempt at a Europa League qualifier last month.
Also banned around the world, until a final verdict from the Asian confederation, is Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh, accused of trying to fix an Asian cup match in Singapore. Sabbagh is currently serving a prison sentence in Singapore after being found guilty of agreeing to fix games in exchange for sexual favors.
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