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FIFA Gives A Life Ban For An African Football Official In Match Fixing Probe

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World Football governing body FIFA has banned for life former Botswana Football Association general secretary Mooketsi Kgotlele.

Mooketsi has been permanently banned after being found guilty in the allegations of accepting bribes to manipulated international FIFA matches.

On Monday, FIFA released a statement stating that adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee had also fined the former official $50,953.

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Kgotlele… stem from an extensive investigation into various attempts to manipulate international matches for betting purposes by Mr Wilson Raj Perumal, a known match-fixer,” reads part of FIFA statement.

According to FIFA, Kgoylele proceedings were initiated in late 2018.

The ban slapped on Kgotlele covers all football-related activities.

He has been banned from administrative, sports or any other FIFA related activities at both national and international level.

This is not the first time FIFA has banned officials and players. Investigations into convicted Singapore-based match fixer Perumal and His activities has already seen players and former officials slapped with life ban.

Togolese Football Association Refferee Kokou Hougnimon Fagla was banned from soccer-related activities last March for accepting bribes to manipulate an international friendly.

In April this year, FIFA banned Seven current and former players for life.

Amongst those given a life ban are Karlon Murray and Keyeno Thomas from Trinidad.

Ibrahim Kargbo from Sierra Leone.

Hellings Mwakasungula from Malawi.

Seidath Tchomogo from Benin.

Leonel Duarte from Cuba and,

Mohammad Salim Israfeel Kohistani from Afghanistan.

FIFA also gave Kenyan player George Owino Audi a 10-year ban.

Zimbabwean football player agent Kudzanai Shaba was also banned for life.

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Perumal was jailed for 2 years by a Finnish court in 2011 after he was found guilty of bribing players and referees to fix matches.


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