AFC to investigate match-fixing in Lebanon

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Asian Football Confederation says it will look into the match-fixing scandal in Lebanon following the suspension of nearly two dozen players who are said to have fixed games, including a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

The AFC says the matter was referred to its disciplinary committee and that it would issue a statement on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Lebanese Football Association announced that it had suspended national team players Mahmoud al-Ali and Ramez Dayoub for life and handed down suspensions ranging from one to three seasons to 22 other players who were implicated in a match-fixing and bribery scandal.

The organization concluded that players took money from betting companies to lose domestic and other matches in Asia. The World Cup qualifier was Lebanon's 1-0 loss to Qatar last year.