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Zambian brothers convicted of match-fixing

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A Finnish court has convicted two Zambian brothers of match-fixing in the country's football league last year.

The Oulu District Court says the Yobes were found guilty of taking 50,000 Euros ($72,500) in bribes to influence the outcome of a game last September.

The court said the duo played "below their normal level" to allow Turku TPS to beat their club AC Oulu 5-0.

Donewell and Dominic were given seven-month suspended sentences and told to pay the sum of the bribe to the state.

The pair were questioned by Finnish police in March and later that month, HJK Helsinki - Finland's reigning champions - dissolved midfielder Dominic's contract and AC Oulu cancelled Donewell's deal.

Dominic is a former captain of Zambia's Under-20 side.

Meanwhile, several other Zambians are still awaiting a verdict after they were suspended by RoPs club for their involvement in a match-fixing scandal.

Finland's National Bureau of Investigation said that the investigation into RoPs was prompted by the detention in February of a Singaporean man travelling with forged identity documents.

"According to Singaporean officials and public accounts, the man has been linked to several match-fixing cases," the bureau said in March.

RoPs are a Premier League team based in the northern city of Rovaniemi.



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