Abuja, Nigeria: Players, team officials and referees were banned for life and four amateur clubs for 10 years after the Nigeria Football Federation found they fixed two lower-league playoff games that ended with scores of 79-0 and 67-0.
In findings of an investigation sent to The Associated Press on Tuesday, the NFF ruled that there was "a fraudulent conspiracy among the teams" to fix the games after Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine worked out they needed to boost their goal tallies to beat the other to promotion to the lowest tier of Nigeria's professional league.
Plateau United Feeders beat Akurba FC 79-0 and Police Machine was allowed to beat Babayaro FC 67-0 in the fixes, which were played at the same time early this month. One player scored 14 goals in the Plateau United Feeders game, while another scored 11 goals. On more than one occasion as many as four goals were scored in a minute in the games.