Ghana book quarter-final spot, Egypt boost chances
PORT GENTIL, Gabon Ghana became the second side to book a quarter-final place at the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon when they edged Mali 1-0 in Group D at the Stade de Port Gentil on Saturday.
ZURICH FIFA has imposed a worldwide ban on 23 players and one official found guilty of match-fixing by the Lebanon Football Association, world football's governing body said on Wednesday.
The global ban follows sanctions imposed by the Lebanese FA in February against those involved in the scandal.
They handed out various penalties to the 24 including life bans for defender Ramez Dayoub and forward Mahmoud El-Ali, following allegations that international and regional games were rigged.
"Of the players involved, 20 received a one-year ban from all football-related activities while the remaining individuals received a two-year ban, three-year ban and lifetime ban respectively," FIFA said in a statement.
"One official was sanctioned with both a lifetime ban from all football-related activities, as well as a lifetime stadium ban."
The Lebanese conducted a two-month investigation involving over 60 witnesses which was led by the general secretary of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), Fadi Zreiqat, who said international and club games were targeted by fixers.
The Asian Football Confederation said in February it was not aware of any suspicion linking Lebanon's World Cup qualifiers to the scandal but had also requested a full report.
Asian football has been hit with numerous matchfixing incidents, with South Korea, Malaysia and China all experiencing recent rigging problems.
(Reporting by Mike Collett in London. Editing by Patrick Johnston)
CHAPECO, Brazil Thousands of fans gathered under a blazing sun in southern Brazil on Saturday as Chapecoense played their first match since most of their players were killed in an air crash in Colombia in November.
MILAN AC Milan's hopes of ending a three-season absence from the Champions League suffered a severe setback on Saturday when they lost 2-1 at home to Napoli, one of their rivals for qualification.