Four South African football clubs have been banned for life after it came to light that they were involved with match-fixing.
The officials from the clubs in question received suspensions and the match officials were each banned for 10 seasons.
One of the teams, Matiyasi FC needed to win by 18 goals to ensure its promotion to the country’s second division called the ABC Motsepe League. It managed to beat Nsami Mighty Birds by 58 goals. A shocking 41 of those goals were from their opponents.
This meant that they moved from third place on the log to the top of the log after only one match.
It soon became apparent that match-fixing was taking place and when the other two teams found out that it was happening, they soon made plans of their own to ensure the right team goes through.
Marca reports that the Shivulani Dangerous Tigers, who had the same points as Matiyasi FC but had a better goal difference, ended their match with a 33-1 scoreline against the Kototo Happy Boys.
Not only did the Kototo Happy Boys score seven own goals, but at halftime they removed themselves from the field, saying that they were too tired to carry on playing. Only seven of their players stayed on the field to finish the match.
Both clubs also received a lifetime ban.
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