In late 2016, the AFC decided to exclude the Cambodian football club, Phnom Penh Crown FC, from participating in the 2017 AFC Cup because four individuals affiliated to the club had, earlier that same year, been found guilty of match-manipulation by the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Federation of Cambodia.
The AFC’s decision was based on the concept of “indirect” involvement under Article 73.6 of the AFC Statutes, which reads as follows:
“The admission to an AFC Competition of a Member Association or Club directly or indirectly involved in any activity aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of a match at national level or international level can be refused with immediate effect, without prejudice to any possible disciplinary measures.”
The club appealed this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Although the members of the CAS Panel in the...
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