Fifa slaps ex-Stars defender Owino with 10-year ban over match-fixing


Fifa slaps ex-Stars defender Owino with 10-year ban over match-fixing
George Owino, seen here in action for Matahre United, is accused by Fifa who having played a role in fixing Harambee Stars matches.Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Former Harambee Stars player George Owino has been banned from all football-related activities for 10 years and fined KSh1.5m by FIFA over match-fixing.
  • Fifa made the ruling on Tuesday on its website.

Former Harambee Stars player George Owino has been banned from all football-related activities for 10 years and fined Ksh.1.5 million by FIFA over match-fixing.

Fifa made the ruling on Tuesday on its website.

Below is Fifa’s statement.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has found nine individuals – eight players/former players as well as one players’ agent – guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Unlawfully influencing match results).

The following individuals have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life:

Mr Karlon Murray, Trinidad and Tobago

Mr Keyeno Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago

Mr Hellings Mwakasungula, Malawi

Mr Ibrahim Kargbo, Sierra Leone

Mr Kudzanai Shaba, Zimbabwe

Mr Séïdath Tchomogo, Benin

Mr Leonel Duarte, Cuba

Mr Mohammad Salim Israfeel Kohistani, Afghanistan

Moreover, the Kenyan player Mr George Owino Audi has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of ten (10) years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 15,000 has been imposed upon him.

The formal disciplinary proceedings into the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an extensive investigation into various international matches that Mr 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.

The decisions were notified to the individuals concerned today, the date on which the relevant bans come into force.”

In its 10-page preliminary report dated September 2018, Fifa had accused the Harambee Stars defender of masterminding match manipulation with one ”high-profile international match-fixer Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal,” between 2009 and 2011.

From the report, Fifa cited 14 matches which Owino featured in and which they were investigating. In its report, the world football governing body  also mentioned a Pascal, a Julius and an Edgar, who all featured for Harambee Stars during the said period.

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