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Lifetime bans for English duo

FIFA has imposed worldwide lifetime bans on two English players convicted of match-fixing in Australia.

Defender Reiss Noel and goalkeeper Joe Woolley, who both played for AFC Hornchurch in the Isthmian League before moving to Australia, received initial bans from the Australian football association in September and those sanctions were extended worldwide by FIFA on October 30.

Both players have since been convicted of criminal offences after admitting they helped fix matches while playing for the Southern Stars in the semi-professional Victorian Premier League.

The Australian federation handed them both lifetime bans from "any football-related activity."

FIFA says its disciplinary commission has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect.