Fifa bans two English footballers for life over match-fixing

LogoFifa2014Football’s global governing body Fifa has handed lifetime bans to two English footballers for their part in helping to fix matches in Australia.

According to the BBC, Reiss Noel and Joe Woolley, both 24, pleaded guilty to conduct that corrupts a betting outcome in December last year.

The players were initially suspended by the Football Federation of Australia national governing body after they were found to be involved in helping fix games for a global betting syndicate.

Noel and Woolley both played for Victorian Premier League second-tier side Southern Stars.

A coach and two other players remain under indefinite bans by Fifa.

“Fifa continues to work closely with its member associations and the confederations to tackle match manipulation,” Fifa said in a statement.

“As part of a 10-year programme of collaboration with Interpol, regional workshops involving key stakeholders are being held all over the world while e-learning programmes are also helping to educate players, coaches and referees on the dangers of match manipulation.

“Other initiatives include the signing of an integrity declaration by officials, the monitoring of the betting market via Fifa’s subsidiary Early Warning System and the setting up of an e-learning ethics tool, an integrity hotline and e-mail address and a confidential reporting system.”

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