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6 players receive stiff bans from Slovak football federation for match-fixing in top league
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Slovakia's football federation has given lengthy bans to six current and former players for fixing matches in the top league.
Miroslav Vlk, the head of the federation's disciplinary committee, says two major organizers and former players of FK DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda, Ivan Ziga and Marian Dirnbach, were given 25-year bans from football Tuesday for paying bribes to four players of the club to fix four matches this season.
Three players of the club — Tomas Huber, Michal Dian a Marek Bozon were given 18-year bans while former Slovakia international Ivan Hodur got a 14-year ban.
Police are still investigating the case and have said that players were offered bribes of up to 60,000 euros ($82,500) and that the main organizer of the scheme was from Asia.
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