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FIFA investigates Zambia for match-fixing

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ZURICH (AP)

FIFA is investigating Zambian officials over allegations they allowed eight players banned for match-fixing in Finland to return to football without permission.

FIFA says it has opened a disciplinary case and invited the Football Association of Zambia to provide an explanation ''together with any documentary evidence it might deem appropriate.''

FIFA said it believes at least four players appeared in matches ''despite being suspended on a worldwide basis.''

The players were involved in taking bribes from Singaporean fixer Wilson Raj Perumal when they played for the RoPS team in Rovaniemi. Perumal was arrested in Finland in February 2011 and later jailed after a criminal trial.

FIFA says the FAZ took over the eight players' registration from the Finland FA without proper documents while they were suspended.



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