London, Aug 23: El Salvador’s football federation has provisionally suspended 22 players on the basis of match fixing charges, with an investigation pending into the issue.
According to the BBC, Federation president Carlos Mendez announced that the players who took part in the suspect matches would be suspended for 30 days.
Mendez said that because the football’s world governing body, FIFA, had been notified, suspensions would include players abroad.
Only two of the banned players have not represented the national team and El Salvador would not play any matches until the complaints were resolved, the report said.
The matches under the scanner include El Salvador’s 5-0 Gold Cup loss against Mexico in July 2011; a 2-1 defeat by the United States in February 2010; a 1-0 loss to the American team DC United in July 2010; and a 4-1 defeat by Paraguay in February 2012, the report added. (ANI)