Former Trinidadian defender Keyeno Thomas as well as Karlon Murray are among eight people who have been banned for life from football’s governing body FIFA for match manipulation.
The duo, along with Hellings Mwakasungula (Malawi), Ibrahim Kargbo (Sierra Leone), Kudzanai Shaba (Zimbabwe), Séïdath Tchomogo (Benin), Leonel Duarte (Cuba) and Mohammad Salim Israfeel Kohistani (Afghanistan) have been prohibited from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both the national and international levels.
In a media release, FIFA said Thomas, 41, and Murray, 34 were among nine players/former players, as well as one agent, who were found guilty by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Unlawfully influencing match results).
The formal disciplinary proceedings stemmed from an extensive investigation into various international matches that Singoporean Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.
This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA over several years through its Integrity Department and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.