Statement on Athlone Town AFC investigation
Both Igors Labuts and Dragos Sfrijan had been found to be in breach of three FAI rules:
- Rule 99: Bringing the Game into Disrepute
- Rule 105: Manipulating Matches
- Rule 106: Betting / Gambling
The two players were subsequently banned from all football-related activities for 12 months.
On Thursday, October 4, the Independent Disciplinary Appeal Committee met to hear the appeal from the two players. As Mr Sfrijan did not attend the hearing his appeal was dismissed. Mr Labuts’ appeal was rejected.
The breach concerns Athlone Town's game against Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on April 29, 2017.
The FAI has a zero tolerance policy to match-fixing.