By K. RAJAN – PETALING JAYA: Selangor defender Ramez Dayoub is believed to be one of two players to have been banned for life, pending appeal, by the Lebanon FA (LFA) for alleged match-fixing.
The other is reported to be Mohamad Al-Ali, who plays for Persiba Balikpapan in the Indonesia Super League.
The duo, according to the aljadeed.tv website, have also been fined US$15,000 each.
The dailystar.com.lb website also reported that the two were among 24 Lebanese players involved in a bribery scandal that has rocked the nation.
It said that 20 of the players were suspended for a season and fined US$3,000 each while two others were banned for three seasons and fined US$7,000 each.
Dayoub, who joined the Red Giants last season, is currently with the team in Kolkata for today’s AFC Cup Group H match against Kingfisher East Bengal FC at the Salt Lake Stadium.
It’s unsure if Dayoub will still play for Selangor in the match.
FA of Selangor secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, who is in Kolkata with the team, could not be reached for comment.
The Lebanese football scandal came to light late last year when a number of players were accused of manipulating the national team’s results in the World Cup qualifiers.
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