Match-fixing Case against Nepal Footballers

Match-fixing Case against Nepal Footballers


Five Nepali footballers are charged with treason over allegations of match-fixing during qualifiers for the World Cup, police said.

Goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa and former Captain Sagar Thapa along with three others were arrested last month.
Authorities said substantial sums of money were found in their own bank accounts – fixers in South East Asia.

The athletes allegedly intentionally lost a lot of qualifiers.

“The government has charged the five footballers arrested last month with treason and has sought a life sentence as punishment,” Bhadrakali Pokharel, registrar in the Special Court in Kathmandu, told AFP news agency.

Mr Pokharel said they were charged under a 1989 act that anyone “causing or attempting to cause illness with all the intention of jeopardising Nepal’s sovereignty, integrity or national unity, shall be responsible for life imprisonment”.

The footballers are expected to be shown before a court on Monday.

Football’s world governing body Fifa has been embroiled in a number of alleged corruption scandals in recent months.