New Delhi: Lebanese footballer Akram Moghrabi, who had been playing for Churchill Brothers till recently, is among the three players implicated in match-fixing scandal, according to Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday.
The two other footballers — Mahmoud al-Ali (Persiba Balipapan, Indonesia) and Ramez Dayoub (Selangor, Malaysia) — are also from Lebanon. All three have been suspended by the football federation of Lebanon.
Moghrabi, who had scored eight goals in the ongoing I-League quit Churchill Brothers, citing personal reasons. “Once the other Lebanese player, Bilal Najjrain, quit our team, Akram was regularly saying that he was feeling lonely. So, we decided to release him,” said Churchill technical director Subash Bhowmick.
Akram has already been replaced in Churchill by Afghanistan striker Bilal Arzou, who played impressively during the SAFF Cup in New Delhi. “Though Churchill have released Akram, his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is still lying with us,” said an All India Football Federation (AIFF) official.