FIFA has issued a global ban on four English footballers and an Australian official following Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) criminal investigation into match-fixing.
The FFA initially banned the five individuals, who have not been identified, from being involved in football in Australia on 23 September and FIFA has now barred them participating in any and all football-related activity until further notice.
The bans are for bringing the game into disrepute, and followed being charged with criminal offences relating to match-fixing.
The world football governing body has said the bans will only be lifted after the individuals involved have been charged in court and the FFA adapted its own sanctions, or if they were acquitted and the charges were dropped.
FIFA said: “FIFA continues to work closely with its member associations and the confederations to tackle match manipulation.”
Match-fixing carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence in Australia. Football bans can be imposed for a lifetime and applied worldwide.