Posted: Wed February 27, 2013 9:49AM; Updated: Wed February 27, 2013 9:49AM

FIFA bans 74 for match-fixing in Italy, South Korea

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The FIFA logo is seen at the headquarters of the soccer's world governing body in Zurich.
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ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has banned 74 more officials and players from world football for helping fix matches, this time in Italy and South Korea.

FIFA says it imposed sanctions on 70 people, including 11 life bans, after a series of cases prosecuted by Italian football authorities.

FIFA says the charges involved "match-fixing (direct involvement or omission to report match-fixing), illegal betting or corrupt organization (association to commit illicit acts).''

FIFA says the four new South Korean cases follow worldwide sanctions imposed on 10 people last year and a further 41 last month.

The global sanctions were announced Wednesday, two days after FIFA extended bans to 58 people found guilty of match-fixing offenses in China.

FIFA can apply worldwide sanctions after national football associations complete their own investigations and impose bans.

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