Four Laos players suspended for match manipulation

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Four national team footballer have been provisionally suspended for 60 days for suspected match-manipulation activities, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said in a statement on Monday.

The four players, i.e, Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay were banned “as their ongoing participation provided a direct threat to the integrity of the competition”, according to the AFC.

The footballers played in Lao’s first match of the , where they defeated Sri Lanka in a 2-1 victory.

The AFC also stated that the ban was not only related to the Solidarity Cup “but also to suspected manipulation of multiple matches committed by the representative teams of Laos since 2010″.

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