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The youth team players from MSL teams were handed the ban along with a coach for agreeing to fix the outcome of matches

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have announced that they have banned 18 players from all football related activities for 2-5 years after they were found guilty of match-fixing,

All 18 players were part of the Negri Sembilan, T-Team and Muar Municipal Council U-21 teams that took part in the 2011 U-21 President's Cup.

A former Negeri Sembilan coach was also handed a life-time ban for his role in the scandal.

The names of the players and the coach will only be officially released on Wednesday.

Investigations had begun last December over allegations that the players had been involved in football related illegal activities with three individuals who had already been charged with bribing players.

The news comes in the same week that Sultan Ahmad Shah, the FAM and AFF President, called on players involved in match-fixing to have the conscience leave the game willingly.

“It is a sin to be involved in match-fixing and players should realized that they should consider themselves lucky able to get paid just to play football,” said Sultan Ahmad.

“It is unacceptable. I would like to state now that whoever is involved in match-fixing, I will take action.”