Switzerland bans nine in connection with match-fixing

Updated: May 21, 2010, 23:36 PM IST

Zurich: Nine Swiss-based lower-division players have been banned, including five indefinitely, in connection with a match-fixing scandal uncovered last year by German police, the Switzerland Football Federation (SFV) said.

"The disciplinary commission of the Swiss football federation has sanctioned nine players in connection with the so-called betting scandal," said the SFV in a statement.

"The SFV is, according to current information, the first and only national association to have dealt with the suspicions of match-fixing which were raised by the public prosecutors in Bochum in the autumn of 2009."

In addition to the five who were given indefinite bans, one player was banned for 36 months, two for 24 months and one for 12 months, the SFV said.

German police said last month that they had dismantled a gang with more than 200 suspected members operating in nine European leagues.

Police in Germany, Britain, Austria and Switzerland cracked down on the ring, staging simultaneous raids that resulted in 15 arrests in Germany and two in Switzerland.

Bureau Report