FIFA investigates Zambia for match-fixing

Kalusha Bwalya
Kalusha Bwalya

On 19 February 2013 FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Zambia for having allegedly transferred and registered eight players in breach of the FIFA regulations governing the transfer of players.

It appears that eight players were transferred from the Finland Football Association to the Football Association of Zambia outside of the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS), without an International Transfer Certificate (ITC), and outside of the registration period.

In addition, the players were all suspended by the Finland Football Association for match-fixing offences and these sanctions were extended as to have worldwide effect by the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. At least four of the eight players apparently played in official matches in Zambia despite being suspended on a worldwide basis.

The Football Association of Zambia is invited to provide its position to FIFA, together with any documentary evidence it might deem appropriate.