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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 April 2019

Saudi Arabia relegate club Al Mojzel over match fixing

Saudi Arabia's football governing body has dropped club Al Mojzel from the second to third tier in a match-fixing scandal that also saw the club's president banned for life.

Saudi Arabia’s football governing body has relegated a club and penalised several officials over match fixing in the kingdom’s second tier.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SFF) ordered the relegation of Al Mojzel to the second division (Saudi’s third tier) over manipulating the result of its match with Al Jeel, a statement said late Thursday.

The kingdom’s top division is the Abdul Latif Jameel League, followed by the second-tier first division, which Al Mojzel had belonged to.

The SFF also banned Al Mojzel’s president Ahmed Al Abdallah, along with an administrator and a player, from practising any football-related activities for life.

It also fined each of them $80,000 (Dh293,836).

The managers of clubs Hajer and Al Feiha faced the same penalties along with other officials over unspecified violations.

The SFF said last month that it was probing a “suspected manipulation of results” insisting on the “importance of a fair competition”.

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Updated: July 22, 2016 04:00 AM

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