Laos and Lao Toyota Teams in Disarray Due to Match Manipulation
Due to the ongoing investigation by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), not many details have been divulged to the public in reference to the permanent ban of 22 Lao and Cambodian football players in connection to match-fixing.
The AFC has confirmed that the action follows an investigation that started in 2014, and that it will continue to pursue the banning of the affiliated parties worldwide. This is one of Asian football’s biggest mass punishments for match-fixing.
An official statement has said, “The (AFC) Disciplinary Committee has issued a life ban from football-related activities to twenty-two individuals from Laos and Cambodia for involvement in the manipulation of matches involving the representative teams of Laos and the club side Lao Toyota FC”.
Fifteen of those banned are current or former players of the Laos national side or Vientiane-based Lao Toyota FC.
In November, the AFC temporarily suspended four Laos soccer internationals over their connection in the scandal .
The four, Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay, are among the 22 who have now been banned for life.