The Lebanon head coach is visibly disheartened with Ramez Dayoub's involvement in the match-fixing scandal, claiming that his wife was one of the first to suspect something fishy
The Lebanese FA lashed out punishments towards approximately 24 players yesterday, all of whom were accused of manipulating international matches involving the Lebanon national football team, with speculations suggesting that one of them could have been Lebanon's 0-1 defeat to Qatar in the 2014 World Cup qualifier last year.
The major offenders were Selangor defender Ramez Dayoub and Persiba Balikpapan's Mahmoud El Ali and both men were given lifetime bans by the Lebanese FA. Both men have publicly vowed to prove their innonence but Theo Bucker is visibly crestfallen by their actions.
"Ramez was a senior player, he was a player who, after the game my wife said he did something very bad. I stood up for him and told her she must be mad, I put my hand in the fire for him."
“It’s a funny world we live in, what to do? For us this situation was clear a few months ago, directly after the first match against Qatar. By watching the film, you can tell by watching our friend Ramez he tried several times to play the striker through on goal until he was successful, that was the first time we thought something might be wrong.
“It took me a while to believe myself, because I thought there was no way these guys would ever do something like this. Here we have the proof, if you see how he gestures for the ball all the time and then makes a bad pass, several times with real intention. Of course, (he says he’s innocent) now they might find out what they have been doing.”- See more at: http://www.sport360.com/football/lebanon-boss-bucker-says-wife-suspected-match-fixing?theme=mobile_garland#sthash.5ckDIARI.dpuf
"It took me a while to believe it myself, because I thought there was no way these guys would ever do something like this. Here we have the proof, if you see how he gestures for the ball before making several bad passes with real intention. Of course, (he says he’s innocent) now they might find out what they have been doing,” Bucker stated on Ramez's apparent denial on the allegations.
With the suspension being announced just a day before Selangor's debut in the AFC Cup, Ramez Dayoub was forced to sit out of their 0-1 defeat to East Bengal in Kolkata yesterday.
AFC, meanwhile, have denied any rumours regarding the Lebanon-Qatar game being fixed. Per contra they did congratulate the Lebanon FA on their swift actions and have requested the full investigation report.