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Asian Football Confederation bans five in match-fixing investigation

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned four players and an official who were arrested in Nepal last week as part of an investigation into match-fixing.

Nepal captain Sagar Thapa and four others were detained last Wednesday and accused of taking money from bookmakers in Malaysia and Singapore to lose matches.

The other players identified were Bikash Singh Chhetri, Sandip Rai and Ritesh Thapa, and the official is listed as Anjan K.C.

A police official said the alleged match-fixing dated from 2009 and included games against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines.

On Monday, the AFC issued a statement in which it said a year-long investigation in conjunction with Sportradar and the Nepali police had resulted in the punishments, which it had asked FIFA to impose worldwide.

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