The striker has been handed a one-year ban by the Federation Libanaise de Football Association (LFA) over match-fixing allegations...The CEO of Churchill Brothers SC, Valanka Alemao has spoken in defense of the club's former player Akram Moghrabi after the Lebanese national has been named in a match-fixing scandal in his home country.
"Akram Moghrabi has been an important part of the squad in our quest to win the I-League this season. He played and served us very well during his time with us," she told Goal.com.
Should Moghrabi appeal, Valanka also pointed out that the ban was implemented by the Lebanese FA and not FIFA. "We (Churchill Brothers) have never had any issues with regards to discipline and I must say that he (Moghrabi) is a true professional.
"He has the full backing of our club to appeal the ban that has been placed on him by the Lebanese Federation and not by the Football World governing body FIFA," she advocated.
The Goan club had already replaced Akram Moghrabi with Aghan striker Balal Arezou before the ban was slapped on the former Churchill striker.
I-League CEO Sunando Dhar also added a thought and stated the ban as "unfortunate" while claiming a clean sheet in India's I-League circuit.
"It was unfortunate that this had happened, but when he was in India, I don't think there was any doubt that we had," he told Goal.com.
"If anybody wants to do it, it's very difficult for someone to stop it, but you know - we have the match commissioner, television, the referees and the press - no one has cast a doubt on any match or any player. So I don't think so, at least in the I-League, it has never happened," he added.
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