FAI Welcomes Latest Match Fixing Decision

The Football Association of Ireland has welcomed the decision from an Independent Arbitrator on the appeal to arbitration by Igor Labuts of the Independent Disciplinary Appeal Committee’s decision.

Both Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan had been found to be in breach of three FAI rules by an Independent Disciplinary Committee on September 7, 2017.

Goalkeeper Labuts had first been banned by the FAI disciplinary committee, and then appealed a decision to an independent disciplinary appeal committee, which upheld the original decision.

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The Rules breached were:
– Rule 99: Bringing the Game into Disrepute
– Rule 105: Manipulating Matches
– Rule 106: Betting / Gambling

The two players were subsequently banned from all football-related activities for 12 months.

On Thursday, October 4, the Independent Disciplinary Appeal Committee dismissed the appeal of Mr Sfrijan following his absence from the appeal hearing. The Independent Disciplinary Committee also rejected the appeal of Mr Labuts.

Mr Labuts, in accordance with FAI Rules, appealed the decision of the Independent Disciplinary Appeal
Committee to a single arbitrator.

The Arbitrator heard the matter on Thursday, November 22 and a final
decision was reached, whereby the original decision taken by the FAI Disciplinary Committee has been upheld and the original sanction was also upheld.

The breach concerns Athlone Town’s game against Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on April 29, 2017.