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Match-fixing taints El Salvador team

Many national team players suspended under suspicion of match-fixing at games including CONCACAF Champs League fixture.

Last Modified: 22 Aug 2013 12:34
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All but two of the players suspended had played for the national team [EPA]

El Salvador has provisionally suspended 22 footballers, nearly all of them experienced internationals, for 30 days each in connection with possible match-fixing, the country's football federation FESFUT said.

"With the investigations which have been conducted up to his point, evidence has been collected which suggests that offences connected to so-called match-fixing have been committed," said FESFUT in a statement late on Wednesday.

The players banned included Ramon Sanchez, Osael Romero, Eliseo Quintanilla, Dennis Alas, Alfredo Pacheco and Marvin Gonzalez, who all have over 50 caps.

Other players with regular international experience included Cristian Castillo, Miguel Montes, Rodolfo Zelaya, Victor Turcios and Jose Mardoqueo Henriquez.

Only two of the banned players have not played for the national side.

All the players are of Salvadorean nationality and two of them play abroad - Sanchez, who plays for Kazakhstan's FC Vostok, and Turcios, who plays for Rovaniemen Palloseura in Finland.

Central America is seen as especially vulnerable to match-fixing as many clubs struggle financially, playing conditions are poor and players often do not get paid on time.

Last year, Guatemalan internationals Guillermo Ramirez, Gustavo Cabrera and Yony Flores were banned for life by their country's federation over evidence they had manipulated three games.

The games included one club match - the CONCACAF Champions League fixture between Mexico's Santos Laguna and Guatemalan club CSD Municipal which Santos won 6-1 in Oct. 2010 – and friendlies against Costa Rica and Venezuela last year.

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