Tsotsobe Handed 8-year Ban for Match-fixing

Tsotsobe Handed 8-year Ban for Match-fixing

Former South African cricket player Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been banned for eight years for his role in corruption.

In April this year, Tsotsobe was charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code relating to the 2015 RAM SLAM Twenty20 competition.

Following a lengthy investigation, which started in 2015 by CSA’s Anti-Corruption Unit, the CSA said the former Essex bowler had admitted to match-fixing and corruption charges, which include:

·         two charges of failing to disclose to the CSA Anti-Corruption Officer the full details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct;

·         two charges of failing to disclose full details of matters evidencing a breach of the Code by another participant;

·         three charges of failing or refusing to co-operate with an investigation (including failing to provide accurate and complete information);

·         and two charges of obstructing or delaying the investigation by destroying evidence and concealing information that was relevant to the investigation.

The player has apologised for his actions, saying he was "in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot-fixing."

The full CSA press release can be found here.

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