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Swiss FA bans 9 players for fixing matches

Nine Swiss League players have been suspended for at least one year for their part in fixing matches. The Swiss Football Association said on Friday it was the first federation to sanction players using information from a Europe-wide probe into match-fixing and illegal betting launched by German police last year.

sports Updated: May 21, 2010 23:02 IST

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Nine Swiss League players have been suspended for at least one year for their part in fixing matches. The Swiss Football Association said on Friday it was the first federation to sanction players using information from a Europe-wide probe into match-fixing and illegal betting launched by German police last year.

Five players from lower-tier clubs Thun, Gossau and Slavonija Bern were given open-ended suspensions.

A Thun player was banned for three years; two players from Thun and Fribourg got two-year bans; and one player who played for Wil 1900 and Vaduz last season got a one-year ban.

The Swiss FA said two of the nine had recruited players to fix matches. The others accepted money or agreed to help manipulate the outcome of games.

First Published: May 21, 2010 23:00 IST