Arrested footballers to be produced before Special Court today
KATHMANDU: Three members of Nepal national football team, including captain and vice-captain, and two former national players, who were arrested on charge of match-fixing in national and international games, will be produced before the Special Court for further remand on Tuesday.
A police team deployed from Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD) on October 14 had apprehended national football team captain Sagar Thapa, vice-captain Sandip Rai, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa, former national defender Bikash Singh Chhetri, and former national player and former coach of Three Star Club Anjan KC.
Skipper Thapa and Rai are affiliated with Three Star Club, while Chhetri and KC were with the same club earlier. Goalkeeper Thapa is associated with Nepal Police Club.
Captain Thapa was detained from Thapathali, Chhetri and KC from Jawalakhel and Ritesh Thapa and Rai from Baluwatar.
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) on October 15 had suspended the tainted footballers from all football-related activities until the investigation concludes.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on October 19 had provisionally suspended the five footballers linked to match-fixing.