Sierra Leone Match-Fixing Probe Supported By FIFA

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Written By Andrew Warshaw | At InsideWorldFootball

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has personally intervened to stop Sierra Leone authorities trying to sweep allegations of match-fixing under the carpet.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Sierra Leone Ministry of Sport had lifted the suspensions of 15 players and officials alleged to have been caught up in match manipulation.

They included five players, notably ex-Sierra Leone captain Ibrahim Kargbo, who were being specifically investigated by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) run by Isha Johansen (pictured), one of the few female administrators in world football.

The allegations relate to a World Cup qualifier against South Africa in 2008 which ended goalless.

The sports ministry said it lifted the suspensions to avoid any conflict at the forthcoming SLFA congress but Blatter has written directly to Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Koroma calling on him to support the match-fixing probe being undertaken by Johansen’s federation.

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