BRATISLAVA: Slovakia’s football federation has given lengthy bans to six current and former players for fixing matches in the top league.

Miroslav Vlk, the head of the federation’s disciplinary committee, says two major organisers and former players of FK DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda, Ivan Ziga and Marian Dirnbach, were given 25-year bans from football on Tuesday for paying bribes to four players of the club to fix four matches this season.

Three players, Tomas Huber, Michal Dian and Marek Bozon, were given 18-year bans while former Slovakia international Ivan Hodur got a 14-year ban.

Police are still investigating the case and have said players were offered bribes of up to $60,000 and the main organiser of the scheme was from Asia.