World football governing body FIFA has confirmed the worldwide extension of bans given to several officials and players linked with match-fixing in Italy.
The officials and players had already been banned in Italy after being found guilty of match-fixing by the Italian Football Association’s (FIGC) Sport-Justice Bodies and the Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI).
The ban related to incidents of match manipulation and illegal betting that took place between 2014 and 2015 in different Italian football competitions. FIFA did not name the officials and players involved, who were investigated by state prosecutors in Catanzaro and Catania.
Following the investigations, the FIGC opened three disciplinary proceedings for violations of art. 1, art. 6, art. 7 and art. 9 of the FIGC Disciplinary Code.
As a result of these proceedings, the officials and players were banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activities. The sanctions imposed range from bans for one to five years, with some individuals receiving permanent bans from holding any kind of position within the Italian Football Association.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has now extended all of the sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with art. 78 par. 1(c) and art. 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
The relevant member associations, UEFA and CONMEBOL, have been duly notified of the decisions, said FIFA.