Two former Trinidad and Tobago football players have been banned for life from FIFA after being found guilty of match manipulation.
FIFA announced today that its Disciplinary Committee found nine individuals – eight players/former players as well as one players’ agent – guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Unlawfully influencing match results).
The following individuals have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life:
Mr Karlon Murray, Trinidad and Tobago
Mr Keyeno Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago
Mr Hellings Mwakasungula, Malawi
Mr Ibrahim Kargbo, Sierra Leone
Mr Kudzanai Shaba, Zimbabwe
Mr Séïdath Tchomogo, Benin
Mr Leonel Duarte, Cuba
Mr Mohammad Salim Israfeel Kohistani, Afghanistan
FIFA did not specify which games the players were involved in that led to the accusations of match manipulation.
The two players are the first T&T nationals to be banned for life from football, since former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner.
Photo caption: Defender Keyeno Thomas #5 of Trinidad & Tobago collides with forward Brian Ching #11 of the United States during the first half at Toyota Park on September 10, 2008 in Bridgeview, Illinois.