Phnom Penh Crown’s Match-Fixing Ban Overturned

The ban on Cambodian football champions Phnom Penh Crown from the Asian Football Confederation Cup has been overturned on appeal.

In November, seven players and four officials were suspended over a match-fixing scandal.

An internal investigation by the club had uncovered a plan by Bou Dary, head of its youth academy, to pursuade first-team players to manipulate the games in an effort to get coach Sam Schweingruber sacked.

The Football Federation of Cambodia found the officials guilty and banned them temporarily, but cleared the players.

Even though the club had uncovered the match-fixing, it was barred from the June competition.

However, Crown announced in a statement on Wednesday that an appeal of the ruling had been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, and Crown will now enter the AFC Cup playoff in February.

Despite taking the domestic title last season, Crown has struggled to replicate its form this year. It is currently sitting fifth—19 points behind archrival Boeng Ket at the top of the table. Mr. Schweingruber could not be reached for comment.

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