FIFA Extends Italian, Korean Soccer Match-Fixing Bans Globally

FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gave worldwide bans to 74 people suspended by the Italian and South Korean federations for match-fixing and corruption.

The punishment affects 70 players and officials prevented from taking part in soccer-related activity in Italy and four others banned in South Korea, FIFA today said in a statement.

The Italian Football Federation issued 123 sanctions, ranging from one month to lifetime bans, over match-fixing in 2012, with those yet to expire or annulled on appeal having been extended worldwide.

In addition, four players receiving lifetime suspensions from the Korean Football Federation last year had those extended globally by FIFA.

Two days ago, FIFA gave similar worldwide bans to 58 people as part of an investigation into match-fixing in China.

Earlier this month, the Europol police agency said a Singapore-based operation tried to fix games across Europe, including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers, to generate more than 8 million euros ($10.6 million) in profit. An 18-month investigation, Operation VETO, found 425 match officials, club executives, players and criminals in 15 countries worked to cheat in more than 380 matches, with another 300 targeted in other regions.

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