FIFA global bans for 5 in Australian fixing probe

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has imposed worldwide suspensions on four English players and one Australian coach implicated in a criminal investigation into match-fixing.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel extended bans from football already applied nationally by Football Federation Australia while the case is prosecuted. A Malaysian man, Segaran "Gerry" Gsubramaniam, allegedly fixed matches involving Melbourne-based provincial league team Southern Stars for betting scams.

English players Reiss Noel, David Obaze, Joe Woolley and Nicholas McKoy and team coach Zia Younan have been charged with match-fixing offenses. They are due to reappear in court on Dec. 6. FIFA says the current football sanctions will apply until they are convicted of a criminal offense. If acquitted, the bans will apply until Dec. 31, 2015 — or earlier, if they are reduced by the Australian federation.

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