Lebanese players suspended over match-fixing

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BEIRUT (AP) -- The Lebanese Football Association has suspended two national team players for life and handed down suspensions ranging from one to three seasons to 22 other players who were implicated in a match-fixing and bribery scandal.

The general secretary of the West Asian Football Federation, Fadi Zreiqat, announced the suspensions Tuesday in Beirut.

Lebanon's FA appointed Zreiqat to head an investigation into reports of illegal betting and match-fixing in games involving Lebanese clubs in Asian League matches.

The investigation determined the players took money from betting companies and intentionally lost games.

The two players suspended for life and fined $15,000 are Mahmoud al-Ali and Ramez Dayoub. Both have played for the national team.