FIFA Bans 6 Match Officials for Life for Fixing Games

FIFA has banned six Hungarian and Bosnian match officials for life after they helped fix two international friendlies for a betting scam.

All seven goals were scored from penalty kicks when Latvia played Bolivia and Bulgaria faced Estonia in a Feb. 9 double-header organized by a Singaporean fixer at Antalya, Turkey.

Crime syndicates are believed to have made millions of euros (dollars) betting on the fixed matches.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee has banned three Hungarians and three Bosnians from world football.

Their national federations had previously banned them.

The Antalya case prompted FIFA to crack down on how international friendlies are organized. It now has veto powers over referee appointments.