East Timor official gets life ban for match-fixing

Orlando Marques Henriques accepted money to lose a match against Malaysia.

Orlando Marques Henriques was found guilty of receiving USD 15,000 from a third party to arrange for seven players from the East Timor team to lose its match against Malaysia.   -  Deepa H. Ramakrishnan

A top official from East Timor has been banned for life from taking part in any football-related activity after he accepted money to lose a match against Malaysia, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Thursday.

Orlando Marques Henriques was found guilty of receiving USD 15,000 from a third party to arrange for seven players from the East Timor team to lose the match in May 2015, the AFC said in a statement.

Henriques was recently released from jail in Singapore after he had pleaded guilty to various offences relating to the matter in 2015, the AFC said. In January, East Timor was expelled from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying documents of several Brazil-born players.

The AFC also said that Al Wahda's head coach Javier Aguirre had been suspended for three matches for making "provocative gestures and spitting in the direction of spectators" following his expulsion during a Group D Asian Champions League match between Persepolis of Iran and the Abu Dhabi side on May 8.

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