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FIFA’s Blatter Warns Zimbabwe Soccer Players May Face Life Ban

July 05, 2011

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter warned Zimbabwean soccer players that they may face a life ban from the sport if found guilty of fixing matches in Thailand and Malaysia last year.

“They will not be allowed back into football,” Blatter told reporters in the capital, Harare, yesterday.

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, Interpol and the relevant governments are investigating the allegations of match fixing, Blatter said. The FIFA president met Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday. His visit followed a FIFA delegation that arrived in Harare last week.

Blatter pledged $1.5 million for the development of soccer in Zimbabwe, part of it for FIFA’s global “Goal Project.”

--Editors: Philip Sanders, Alastair Reed

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