FIFA hits 6 players with global ban in fixing case

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ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has extended the two-year suspensions for six players implicated in fixing matches in Finland to apply worldwide.

FIFA says the players were initially banned from "taking part in any football-related activity" through to April 5, 2013, by the Finland Football Federation last month.

They are Godfrey Chibanga, Chileshe Chibwe, Steven Kunda, Christopher Musonda, Chanda Mwaba and Nchimunya Mweetwa.

The Zambian players with the RoPS team from Rovaniemi were implicated in a match-fixing scandal that led to a criminal trial last year.

Several players received suspended prison sentences for accepting up to $40,000 in bribes to manipulate the outcome of matches.

Singapore businessman Wilson Raj Perumal received a two-year prison sentence.