Match-fixing confessions could affect bans: FIFA

Updated: 27 September 2011 17:44 IST

FIFA's security head says players and officials involved in match-fixing could receive lighter punishments by coming clean.

Harare:

FIFA's security head says players and officials involved in match-fixing could receive lighter punishments by coming clean.

Chris Eaton wrapped up a trip to Zimbabwe, where soccer has been hit by corruption allegations. He said on Monday that the sport's ruling body will take into consideration any confessions when deciding on the length of a ban for those found guilty of match-fixing.

Zimbabwean players have admitted they were paid to lose games in Asia in 2009 when they lost 2-0 to Jordan, 3-0 to Thailand and 6-0 to Syria.

Eaton is a 40-year veteran of international police service. He says soccer has to "survive the attack on its credibility."

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