BEIRUT: Twenty-four Lebanese football players were suspended from games Tuesday over match fixing and bribery in the Asian Football cup.
Two of the players were suspended from playing for life with a fine of $15,000, and two others for three seasons with a fine of $7,000. The remaining twenty players were suspended from games for one season with a fine of $3,000.
The football scandal came to light late last year when a number of football players were accused of manipulating the results of the Lebanese national football team in the Asian League's matches.
The players allegedly took money from betting companies and intentionally lost the games they were playing for the sake of other teams.
Lebanon’s Football Association then appointed the General Secretary of West Asian Football Federation Fadi Zreiqat to head the investigation into the case.
Zreiqat said the committee’s investigations proved the involvement of 24 players and two officials in the scandal.
He added that the investigation was carried out over three stages, while listening to the testimonies of 65 football players.
The committee's head also said that the results of the investigation will be referred to the international police agency, Interpol.