After being found guilty of match-fixing, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has handed a lifetime ban to two Laos national team players.
After the governing body announced that the pair had attempted to manipulate the outcome of a game between Hong Kong and Laos on 5 October 2017, Khampheng Sayavutthi and Lembo Saysana were found to violate Article 66.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code.
The Disciplinary and Ethics Committee of the AFC said in a statement: “The Laos Football Federation has been informed of the decisions and the AFC will request FIFA to extend the bans worldwide in due course.
“The latest sanction demonstrates the AFC is fully committed to its zero-tolerance policy on match-fixing and its regulations provide for tough sanctions for match manipulation.
“In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, no other details will be disclosed.”
Hong Kong beat the national team from Laos 4-0, scoring goals in the 10th, 13th and 73rd minutes before scoring in the 83rd minute again.
Earlier this year, after expanding its long-standing relationship with sport data and software provider Sportradar, the AFC upped its pledge to fighting match-fixing.
The extension, to last until the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, will see Sportradar continue to support the AFC Integrity Unit with the Intelligence and Investigation Services (I&I) that has helped fight match-fixing across the country.