Alexander Djiku banned in France for engaging in betting

The stalwart center- back has handed one match ban by the Professional Football League (LFP) in France after concluding their investigation over widespread betting by players and officials.

Djiku, played a vital role in the Black Stars team at the recent 2022 World Cup in Qatar, was among 76 professional players, team officials and coaches who were engaged in betting activities.

The ban related to Djiku’s betting activities during the 2020-2021 season despite an educational campaign to make player and officials aware of dangers of being involved in betting of matches.

Both player and match officials are interdict from betting on matches whether they are involved on those game or not anywhere in the world.

Several French Ligue 1 players sanctioned

PSG women’s goalkeeper coach Guillaume Lemire received the heaviest penalty – four-match suspension and a fine of €1,000.

Among the players, Samy El Khiar, midfielder at Quevilly-Rouen, is the most severely sanctioned: four-match suspension and a suspended fine of €2,000.

Five Ligue 1 players were also punished: Auxerre goalkeeper Donovan Léon is suspended for five games, three of which are suspended.

Irvin Cardona, the Brest striker (four matches including two suspended and a €1,500 fine), Sacha Delaye, Montpellier midfielder, and Alexander Djiku, Strasbourg defender (one match suspension) also miss the return of the Ligue 1.

Jean-Charles Castelletto, defender of Nantes, is under threat of a heavy suspension: four suspended matches.

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