Sport Football Southern Stars players and coach banned for alleged match-fixing

Southern Stars players and coach banned for alleged match-fixing

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Four players and a coach from Victorian Premier League side Southern Stars have been suspended from all football activities following their recent arrests for alleged match-fixing.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced on Friday immediate bans under its National Code of Conduct following the arrests of the five individuals on September 15 this year.

Victorian police arrested the group along with alleged syndicate ringleader Segaran Gsubramaniam after claims all participated in the fixing of five Southern Stars’ matches that earned the syndicate more than $2 million in betting winnings.

The four players charged – Reiss Noel, Joe Woolley, David Obaze and Nicholas McKoy – coach Zia Younan and Gsubramaniam are all due in court on December 6.

The FFA has determined that, as the four players and coach are facing serious criminal charges, they have breached the obligation in the code of conduct not to bring FFA or the game of football into disrepute.

The bans continue until criminal convictions are brought against the accused and the FFA determines further sanctions, or until the individuals are acquitted, the charges are withdrawn or until 31 December 2015.

The FFA has written to FIFA requesting the world body extends the bans internationally.