A heavy 10 year ban from all football related activities has been handed to former Harambee Stars defender George Owino by world football governing body FIFA after he was implicated in a match fixing ring orchestrated by international fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.
The 37 year old has also been fined 15, 000 Swiss Francs (Kshs 1.4m) for his involvement in manipulating the results of Harambee Stars’ matches between 2009 and 2011.
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee also found eight other individuals from across the world guilty of match manipulation who have all been banned for life from the game.
They have all been notified and the bans being today, Wednesday 24 April.
A report released in September of last year by FIFA, confirmed that the organization had launched investigations against Owino after emails between him and Perumal, conspiring to fix several Stars games in which Owino was a part of as a player, emerged.
FIFA looked at a total of 14 games involving Kenya as well as revealing that Perumal had planned to have Owino recruited by an unidentified football club in Australia where the two would conspire to fix matches.
Below is FIFA’s confirmation on the bans posted on its official website;
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has found nine individuals – eight players/former players as well as one players’ agent – guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Unlawfully influencing match results).
The following individuals have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life:
- Mr Karlon Murray, Trinidad and Tobago
- Mr Keyeno Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago
- Mr Hellings Mwakasungula, Malawi
- Mr Ibrahim Kargbo, Sierra Leone
- Mr Kudzanai Shaba, Zimbabwe
- Mr Séïdath Tchomogo, Benin
- Mr Leonel Duarte, Cuba
Mr Mohammad Salim Israfeel Kohistani, Afghanistan
Moreover, the Kenyan player Mr George Owino Audi has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of ten (10) years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 15,000 has been imposed upon him.
The formal disciplinary proceedings into the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an extensive investigation into various international matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA over several years through its Integrity Department and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.
The decisions were notified to the individuals concerned today, the date on which the relevant bans come into force.