Kathmandu - Nepali police have arrested five current and
former national football players on suspicions of match fixing, including in
the World Cup qualifiers four years ago, police said Thursday.
Police arrested national team captain Sagar Thapa,
footballers Sandip Rai and Ritesh Thapa, and two former players Bikash Singh
Chhetri and Anjan KC on Wednesday for alleged involvement in match fixing
spanning eight years.
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"We've recorded banking transactions amounting to
millions between them and international match fixers, including those in Malaysia
and Singapore," Sarbendra Khanal, chief of Metropolitan Police Crime
Division in Kathmandu, told AFP.
Khanal said that they suspect match fixing in 2011 World Cup
qualifiers and even in friendly matches.
"Our investigations will continue and we are discussing
what charges they will face," he said.
The arrests come a year after Nepal's powerful football
chief Ganesh Thapa temporarily stepped down from his post after allegations
emerged he embezzled millions of dollars and accepted bribes during his 19-year
The FIFA Ethics Committee launched an investigation last
year into Thapa, a former Asian Football Confederation vice president, with a
decision still pending.For
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