The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee has taken tough action on match-manipulation by banning Laos national team player, Thipphonexay Inthavongsa, from taking part in any football related activities for life.
He was found to have committed offences under Article 66.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code – 2018 edition. Inthavongsa was found guilty of conspiring to manipulate the result of an international match between the Hong Kong and Laos national teams on October 5, 2017.
The AFC put integrity at the heart of its Vision and Mission and has demonstrated great leadership in its determination to stamp out attempts at match manipulation and to punish those who have been found to have taken part in such activities.
Several key measures, including the appointment of an Independent Head of Integrity, building the capacity of its Member Associations through training and workshops, and also the introduction of the AFC Integrity App, have been implemented in recent years to strengthen the AFC’s role in fighting match manipulation in Asia.
The Lao Football Federation (LFF) has been informed of the decision and the AFC will request FIFA to extend the ban worldwide in due course.
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