Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Persiba Striker Banned For Life

Mahmoud El Ali, a striker from Lebanon who is currently playing with the Balikpapan Football Association (Persiba Balikpapan), an Indonesia Super League club, has been banned for life by his country and fined $15,000 for match fixing at a 2012 World Cup qualifier.

He is among 24 people, mostly players, sanctioned by the West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) for manipulating the results of the game between Lebanon and Qatar that ended 0-1 in September, WAFF secretary general Fadi Zureikat said on Tuesday.  
El Ali, 28, was in the group that received the harshest penalty, along with Malaysian Super League team Selangor striker Ramez Dayoub, also from Lebanon. 

The sanction means they are forever banned from playing for the Lebanese national team.    

Others received penalties of between one to three years, and fines of $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000. 

The 24 could still appeal their sanction. 

Persiba Balikpapan could not immediately be reached for comment.


COMMENT - The ISL will probably carry on regardless, they aren't too worried by niceties such as rules and regulations normally. 

Qatar eh?

UPDATE - Umm, Persiba will do nothing for the time being this report suggests

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