Five Nepal players arrested in match-fixing probe

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Sagar Thapa Nepal

The Nepali Police have arrested five national football players, including the captain of the team on charges of match-fixing.

According to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division officer Sarbendra Khanal, skipper , Sandip Rai, Ritesh Thapa, Bikash Singh Chhetri and Anjan KC were arrested on Wednesday.

Those five names are allegedly involved in match-fixing dates from 2009 and included matches played against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“From preliminary examinations of the players’ accounts, we found connections to known match-fixers in Malaysia and Singapore,” Khanal told Reuters.

“It seems that these players were involved in a deep network of brokers and fixers in other countries.”

Khanal also revealed that the investigations were still in the preliminary stage and he could not say whether officials from the All Football Association (ANFA) would be implicated.