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FIFA Extends Ban on 26 Players for Italian Soccer-Fixing

Soccer ruling body FIFA extended bans worldwide on 26 players and a team director for match-fixing in Italy’s top two divisions.

The Italian federation said in July and August it was suspending players from teams including Bari and Lazio for between three months and four years.

The players are all Italian apart from a Belgian, a Belarusian and a Croatian, FIFA said in a statement, without identifying any of them.

The Italian federation said July 16 it was sanctioning more than 20 Bari players and an official of another Serie B team, Salernitana. That ruling followed an investigation into Bari matches in 2008 and 2009.

On Aug. 2, the federation said it banned Lazio’s Stefano Mauri and four other players after probing Serie A games involving the team in 2011. Mauri is appealing a nine-month suspension, Agence France-Presse reported Oct. 31.

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