ZURICH: A new swathe of football matchfixing cheats and suspects from Armenia, Estonia, Lebanon and Tunisia have been swept out of football in the latest round of confirmatory punishments by FIFA.

The world federation has applied worldwide effect to punishments imposed regionally.

Referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant referee Hovhannes Avagyan, both of Armenia, had been banned by UEFA from all football-related activities for life over events surrounding a Europa League match in July 2013.

Estonian player Elvis Liivam├Ągi had been punished similarly by his own federation after domestic match-manipulation investigations.

As for Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh he has been barred provisionally following action by the Asian confederation after an earlier investigation concerning two colleagues.

FIFA has also ratified a decision by the Tunisian FA to suspend provisionally suspended players Marouane Troudi and Mahmoud Dridi as well as official Amir Jaziri ending a decision on a domestic match manipulation case.

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