FIFA bans leaders of Nepal, Laos federations in bribes case

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has banned the president of the Nepal federation for 10 years over election bribery, while his Laos counterpart has been suspended from soccer for two years.

FIFA says All-Nepal Football Association President Ganesh Thapa was guilty of the “solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain” over the 2009 and 2011 FIFA executive committee elections at the Asian confederation congress.

As well as the 10-year ban from soccer, Thapa was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,900).

Lao Football Federation President Viphet Sihachakr was found to have sought and accepted a payment from another football official relating to the 2011 election for a place on FIFA’s executive committee. Sihachakr received a fine of 40,000 Swiss francs (around $39,700) on top of his two-year ban.