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FIFA bans Nepal, Laos football chiefs for corruption

Zurich: FIFA on Monday banned the Nepal football chief for 10 years and the president of the Laos federation for two years for corruption.

All-Nepal Football Association president Ganesh Thapa was implicated in bribery at elections to choose Asian delegates on the world football governing body's executive committee, reports Xinhua.

Thapa "committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain", according to a FIFA statement.

On top of the ban, he was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,850) by the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber.

In another case, Laos Football Federation president Viphet Sihachakr was suspended from soccer for two years by FIFA's ethics committee.

Sihachakr was found to have sought and accepted a payment from another official relating to the 2011 election for a place on FIFA's executive committee. He was fined 40,000 Swiss francs ($39,700).

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