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MATCH-FIXING: Fifa bans Togo referee Kokou Fagla for life

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Fifa has banned Togolese referee and football official Kokou Hougnimon Fagla for life after finding him guilty of corruption.

Football’s world governing body, which has been investigating allegations of match-fixing, ruled he accepted bribes to manipulate an unspecified international friendly.

The findings came from Fifa’s investigation into various international matches that convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal tried to manipulate for betting purposes.

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Fagla has been “banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level” and fined US$3,000.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Kokou Hougnimon Fagla… guilty of having accepted bribes to manipulate an international friendly match.

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Fagla….stemmed from an extensive investigation into various international matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes,” FIFA said in a statement.

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